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What it's like to return to flooded homes and live under shelling: a survey of Kherson residents

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What it's like to return to flooded homes and live under shelling: a survey of Kherson residents

Experts conducted a survey among residents of the Kherson city community about their attitude to the current situation in the region. Find out what Kherson residents think about the main problems of the city, local authorities and the media

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The Kherson Community Foundation "Zakhyst" commissioned a survey among Kherson residents over the age of 18. Local residents were asked about the most pressing problems they face. It also revealed who Kherson residents trust the most and from what sources they receive information. Read more about the results of the survey below.

And if you want to learn more about the southern hero city, read interesting and unusual facts about Kherson in our previous article.


Is it worth returning home: the opinion of Kherson residents


According to published data, 52% of Kherson residents have not left the city, 39% have left but live in Ukraine, and 9% have moved abroad. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of Kherson's population believes that it is not yet time to return to the city:

— 41% - rather not

— 30% - definitely not

— 14% - difficult to answer

— 10% - rather yes

— 5% - definitely yes


At the same time, 61% of respondents plan to return to Kherson as soon as the shelling stops, 29% are already ready to return, 7% were not able to answer the question, and only 3% of respondents said they would not return home.


What problems do Kherson residents consider to be the most acute?


According to the surveyed residents of Kherson, the most important problems that need to be addressed as a matter of priority are the consequences of flooding the city after the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station dam was blown up. This is the opinion of 58% of respondents. Among other problems, Kherson residents identified:

— difficulties with employment - 53%

— unfair distribution of humanitarian aid - 47%

— untimely garbage collection - 42%

— stray animals - 37%

— problems with street cleaning - 35%

— difficulties with receiving medical care - 32%

— insufficient number of shelters and bomb shelters - 31%

— power outages - 18%

— water cutoffs - 11%

— gas cut-off - 9%

— lack of cable internet - 9%

— curfew is too long - 5%

— other - 8%

— difficult to answer - 5%


Priorities for the restoration of Kherson: opinion of the local population


According to the survey, the highest priority is the restoration of destroyed houses - 79% of respondents said so. In addition, residents of Kherson believe that the first priority is to restore

— the operation of medical facilities - 62%

— the operation of industrial enterprises - 61%

— flooded streets - 57%

— schools and kindergartens - 46%

— roads - 46%

— work of service sector institutions - 35%

— shelters and bomb shelters - 30%

— cultural life - 19%

— cable Internet - 16%

— other - 4%

—  difficult to answer - 2%




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Who do Kherson residents trust?


According to the published data, Kherson residents trust the military the most, with 59% (fully trust) and 31% (rather trust) of respondents saying so. By the way, this trend continues throughout Ukraine. Read more about whom Ukrainians trust the most and, conversely, do not trust at all here.

The second place is occupied by the State Emergency Service (56% and 31%), and the third place is occupied by local volunteers (41% and 44%). Kherson residents show the lowest level of trust in the city military administration (6% trust, 25% do not trust at all).


At the same time, 91% of Kherson residents know the head of the Kherson Military Administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, but only 7% of residents trust him. The situation is similar with other representatives of local authorities:

— Roman Mrochko - 59% know, only 1% trust

— Yuriy Sobolevsky - 44% know, 3% trust

— Samoilenko Oleksandr - 26% know, 1% trust


What sources do Kherson residents use to get information?


The vast majority of Kherson residents (91%) use Telegram channels to receive information about life in Kherson. At the same time, 60% of respondents communicate with friends and family to keep track of current events. Among other sources of information, the locals highlighted:

— Websites - 31%.

— YouTube channels - 26%

— Facebook - 23%

— groups on Viber - 23%

— television - 22%

— other - 4% (Instagram and personal experience)

It is worth noting that Ukrainian television almost does not work in Kherson, which means that only russian channels and news are broadcast.


Do Kherson residents receive all the information they need?


43% of Kherson residents surveyed said they lacked information about the activities of local authorities. In addition, Kherson residents reported insufficient information about

— addresses and organizations to contact for humanitarian assistance - 36%

— addresses of open institutions and shops - 31%

— public transportation schedules - 25%

— working hours of hospitals and doctors - 23

— addresses of bomb shelters and shelters - 21%

— telephone numbers of public utilities - 16%

— contacts of volunteers - 15%

— phone numbers and organizations that help with evacuation - 5%

— other - 2%

At the same time, 13% of Kherson residents do not need such information, and only 11% said they have enough information.


Kherson and the local residents have withstood the occupation, flooding and continue to suffer from russian shelling on a daily basis. We believe that soon the south of Ukraine will be liberated from the russian invaders and the hero city will finally be able to breathe deeply. We will stand! We will win!


We remind you! In August, the world celebrates the International Watermelon Day, but for Ukrainians, this date has a special meaning. Read more about why Kherson watermelons have become a national symbol of Ukraine and what is happening to the region's agricultural sector today in our previous article.


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