Mayor of Melitopol kidnapped, Zelensky: “He is alive, but they are torturing him”

The Ukrainian president accuses Moscow from his bunker. The Kiev authorities claim that Fedorov was taken away to an unknown location by a dozen Russian soldiers

The mayor of Melitopol is alive, but they are torturing him to declare his support for Russia in a video. this is the accusation launched by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenski, in a meeting with the foreign press in his bunker in Kiev. Today in Melitopol, one of the cities occupied by the Russians, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest and demand the release of the mayor. Ukrainian authorities claim that Ivan Fedorov was kidnapped and taken away, with his head covered by a plastic bag, to an unknown place: there are also images from a security camera that seem to show the scene in which the mayor is being taken away by a dozen Russian soldiers.

The accusations

We know I’m alive, Zelensky said, speaking of what happened. And the people today, two thousand people, went out to the street in Melitopol, despite being occupied by Russian troops, went out to the square because they saw where they took the mayor. Well, we’ve seen it in movies and we’ve seen it several times over the past hundred years: when people are captured, they are also recorded on video, a person has to say something or else they will be killed. Aren’t they ashamed? They take him, take him to a basement, torture him, record a video and then kill him.

A plea for help from Bennett

Zelensky announced on Twitter that he had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tonight. We talked about Russian aggression and the prospects for peace negotiations. Repression against civilians must be stopped, he tweeted adding that he asked Bennett for help in obtaining the release of the mayor of Melitopol, who according to Kiev was kidnapped by the Russians, and other local politicians.


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