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"We knew an attack in the morning was very likely," says IMI representative in Kherson oblast about the Russian invasion

31.01.2023, 17:04
Photo: Serhiy Nikitenko on Facebook
Photo: Serhiy Nikitenko on Facebook

Journalists of the Kherson publication "Most" and its editor-in-chief, IMI representative in Kherson oblast, Serhiy Nikitenko, learned in advance from their colleagues that a Russian attack on the morning of February 24 and hostilities in Kherson oblast were very likely.

Serhiy Nikitenko spoke about this in an interview with IMI.

He noted that despite being informed, he could not really believe that a war would start in the region.

"Russia woke me up in the morning with an explosion in Chornobayivka. I looked out the window and saw smoke over the military unit across the airfield. But, honestly, I refused to believe it until the very morning, so I calmly went to bed and peacefully slept through, let's say, the beginning of the war," the journalist recalled.

On the same day, February 24, "Most" journalists had to leave Kherson oblast. Serhiy himself left for Vinnytsia, and his colleagues – for Vinnytsia oblast.

"As you know, finding an apartment was impossible, the prices "skyrocketed" immediately. So whoever could, stayed there," the editor-in-chief recalled.

However, the media outlet kept working despite a DDoS attack.

As IMI reported, in August 2022, he Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media blocked the access to Kherson media outlet "Most" for Russian users.

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