The Russian administration that controls the Ukrainian city of Kherson intends to introduce the ruble to replace the Ukrainian currency, the grivnia, from May 1, a Russian local official said today.
“From May 1, we will move into the ruble zone,” said Kirill Stremousov, quoted by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, adding that there will be a four-month grace period, during which the Ukrainian currency will also be allowed to circulate. .
“Later, we will switch to a ruble payment system,” added Stremousov, according to RIA Novosti.
No high-ranking Russian officials initially confirmed the change.
The human rights representative of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ludmila Denissova, condemned the announcement.
“The introduction of the Russian ruble in the Kherson region is an act of annexation and a serious violation by Russia of the Charter of the United Nations,” he said on Telegram.
This week, Russia announced that it had taken control of the entire Kherson region (south), including its namesake administrative capital, from Moscow shortly after the February 24 invasion.
Kiev accuses Russia of wanting to organize an independence referendum in the region, as well as in neighboring Zaporizhzhya.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces were restoring “peaceful life” in Kherson and other recently captured regions, despite reports in Ukrainian press and social media of protests against Russian administration in the city.