Guerrillas in Melitopol hunting organizers of sham referendum, says mayor

10 August 2022, 03:48 PM
Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov (Photo:Ivan Fedorov via Facebook)

Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov (Photo:Ivan Fedorov via Facebook)

Ukrainian guerrillas have "opened a hunt" in the city for the organizers of a Russian sham referendum in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov said on Ukrainian national television on Aug. 10.

He was commenting on an explosion that occurred earlier near the headquarters of the United Russia party in the center of Melitopol.

"A hunt has already been announced for all those involved in the organization of a pseudo-referendum on the territory of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhya Oblast," Fedorov said.

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“The resistance forces will not watch silently, but will act and do everything to prevent this.”

Collaborators in Zaporizhzhya Oblast on Aug. 8 announced plans to hold a bogus referendum "on joining the Russian Federation" in the Russian-occupied parts of the oblast, thus formalizing Moscow's intention to claim to annex another part of Ukraine’s territory.

The day before, near Melitopol, insurgents staged an assassination attempt on two "members of the commission" for the preparation of the pseudo-referendum.

In addition, an explosion rocked the center of Melitopol near the headquarters of the United Russia party, where preparations for the sham referendum were underway.

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