© Reuters. People shop at the ATB store which was the first store to reopen in Ukraine after Russian troops fled from Kherson, Ukraine November 20, 2022. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
KHERSON, Ukraine (Reuters) – Hundreds of Kherson residents flocked on Sunday to shop at a Ukrainian supermarket to reopen since the city was retaken by pro-Kyiv forces earlier this month.
About nine months into the operation of the Russian government, the Russian government brought in goods from Russia and introduced the ruble as a currency.
“As a result, I didn’t carry rubles and I never bought Russian products,” 49-year-old Nataliia Tsvihun said as she stood in line outside the ATB store. “I want to buy something sweet.”
Kherson remains without electricity, running water or heating, but residents found relief in being able to buy Ukrainian gherkins, dumplings, horseradish and other favorites.
Artem Moiseienko, 27, was relieved to see sugar-free Coca Cola back on the shelves, which he said was not available at the time of his arrest.
He said: “This is what I missed the most.