The mayor of Kherson has appeared to suggest that the southern Ukrainian city has fallen to Russian forces.
In a message posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Igor Kolykhaev wrote that “there were armed visitors in the city council today” and that he had told the troops “we don’t have Ukrainian Armed Forces in the city, only civilians and people who want to LIVE here!”.
Kolykhaev wrote that Moscow’s forces have imposed a curfew from 20:00 to 06:00 local time (22:00 – 08:00 GMT), and said cars with food, medicines and some other supplies will be allowed to enter the city.
He added that cars within the city must drive at “minimum” speed and pedestrians are banned from moving in groups of more than two people.
“So far this is how it is. Ukrainian flag above us. And to keep it the same, these requirements must be met. I have nothing else to offer yet”, Kolykhaev said.
The BBC cannot independently verify this statement and earlier today US defence officials said that Kherson “remains very much a contested city”.