A Russian bank is preparing to open a branch in Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region this week, an official with the Moscow-appointed regional administration has said. announcement Tuesday.
“I think that in the near future, a month or a month and a half, people will be able to open accounts and try to pay via the Internet,” said Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the region’s “military-civilian” administration. of Kherson, without specifying which Russian bank will open.
“Ukrainian banks will no longer work due to the disconnection of communications on the Ukrainian side,” Stremousov told reporters during a visit to the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula.
Stremousov added that more Russian banks may open branches in Kherson in the near future.
The Kherson region in southern Ukraine has seen gradual ‘Russification’ since Russian forces took control in March, raising speculation that its Moscow-based authorities may hold a referendum to join Russia .
The region began the transition to the Russian ruble last month, and Russia TV channels and cellphone signals replaced Ukrainian signals.
Russia also has simplified the process of obtaining a Russian passport for residents of captured Ukrainian territories.
Monday, Stremousov claims that the Kherson region “will soon become a full-fledged subject of the Russian Federation”.
President Vladimir Putin sworn that Russia would not occupy Ukrainian territory when he launched what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24.