On Wednesday, Putin said the “special military operation” he ordered in Ukraine would go according to plan, but even in the south that seems unlikely. Instead of flying their own Russian flags, thousands have gathered daily in Kherson to protest the occupation. In Berdyansk, smaller crowds chanted “go home”. In Melitopol, protesters went hand in hand with Russian soldiers on March 14, as they demanded Fedorov’s return.

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