Russian forces install new mayor of Melitopol after Ivan Fedorov kidnapped

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Russian military forces have appointed a new mayor for the beleaguered city of Melitopol – a day after its elected mayor was kidnapped by a group of 10 Russian soldiers.

Galina Danilchenko, a former member of the city council, was proclaims the deputy mayor on local television Saturday, CNN reported.

Mayor Ivan Fedorov was taken from the Melitopol crisis center on Friday with a plastic bag over his head after he “refused to cooperate with the enemy”, Ukraine’s parliament said.

More than 2,000 residents of the Russian-occupied town in the rebel Kremlin-backed region of Luhansk held a rally in support of Fedorov on Saturday, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded his immediate release.

But in a televised statement, Danilchenko said she was aiming to return the city “to normal” and warned against those who would “provoke a reaction of bad behavior”.


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“I ask you to keep your cool and not give in to these provocations,” she said.

Acting Mayor Galina Danilchenko says protesters will be punished in Melitopol, Ukraine.
Courtesy of the Deputy Director of the Office of the President, Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS
CCTV footage shows Russian soldiers arresting Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov.
CCTV footage shows Russian soldiers arresting Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov.
Deputy Head of Office of the President, Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS
Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov
Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov reportedly “refused to cooperate” with Russian forces, according to the Ukrainian parliament.
Ukrainian Embassy


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