The mayor of southern Ukraine’s Melitopol was kidnapped on Friday by Russian soldiers occupying the city, Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“A group of 10 occupiers kidnapped the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov,” Ukraine’s parliament said on Twitter. It said the mayor was seized when he was at the city’s crisis centre dealing with supply issues.
In a video message late on Friday, Mr Zelensky confirmed the abduction, calling Mr Fedorov “a mayor who bravely defends Ukraine and the members of his community”.
“This is obviously a sign of weakness of the invaders… They have moved to a new stage of terror in which they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of legitimate local Ukrainian authorities,” he said.
“The capture of the mayor of Melitopol is therefore a crime, not only against a particular person, against a particular community, and not only against Ukraine. It is a crime against democracy itself… The acts of the Russian invaders will be regarded like those of Islamic State terrorists.”
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