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Russia intensifies repressions against Ukrainians in occupied territories

Russia intensifies repressions against Ukrainians in occupied territories Russia intensifies repressions against Ukrainians under occupation (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

In the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the Russian invaders are increasing pressure on the local population, according to the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

"The aggressor state of Russia has significantly intensified intimidation and repression in preparation for the so-called election process and Putin's "re-election", as well as to identify opponents of Russian enslavement," the report says.

According to the intelligence, the occupation administrations create terrible and unbearable conditions for those citizens who refuse to receive Russian passports. For example, people are denied medical and social assistance, and deprived of access to electricity and water supply.

As part of the punitive and repressive groups that conduct systematic searches of private homes of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, the Russian invaders have begun to use behavioral analysis specialists.

During the so-called "document checks" and searches, these individuals closely monitor the homeowner, creating additional psychological pressure.

In an attempt to intimidate and establish total control over the local population, Russians in the occupied Ukrainian territories are trying to cut off all possible channels of communication and access to information.

For example, to obtain permission and use the mobile Internet, Ukrainians under occupation must apply to Russian-controlled providers. In these companies, unknown codes are entered on people's phones, which may indicate the hidden installation of spyware.

Elections in Russia

The presidential election in Russia will last three days, from March 15 to 17, 2024. On December 8, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin officially announced his intention to run for re-election.

In preparation for the elections, the occupiers have already begun bringing "agitators" to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

It is already known that the Kremlin's head, Vladimir Putin, will be voted for in the presidential election in the temporarily occupied Luhansk region for three weeks.

According to Reuters, in this case, Putin will be able to remain in power until at least 2030. Moreover, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has already stated that Putin will be re-elected with 90% of the vote.