EDGE OF KHERSON
RUSSIAN FORCES USED THE TOWN AS A BASE TO ATTACK KRIVYI RIH AND OCCUPIED IT FROM MID MARCH TO SEPTEMBER 4, 2022. THE TOWN SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.
On March 21, 2023, I set out on the road again with the church team led by my friend Anton as we traveled back to Krivyi Rih then to Kherson oblast. Instead of multiple village stops, this time we went to the town of Vysokopillya at the northern edge of Kherson oblast at the Dnipropetrovsk oblast border.
A year before, the Russians were shelling the city as they drove their forces towards Krivyi Rih. Humanitarian corridors of civilians were repeatedly put in danger as the town of nearly 4000 evacuated ahead of the invasion from Russian Federation forces coming from the south. The effort to take the town saw day after day of shelling until they finally captured the town and held it until September.
While the church delivered much needed boxes, I spoke with the Deputy of Military Administration, Raisa, about the current situation and the conditions the residents lived under during the occupation. I also asked her about the needs of the people and the teams that arrive to help.