Kakhovka mayor leaves occupied town after threats from Russian invaders

7 April, 12:36 PM
Nemerets stated that he would continue to work for the residents of Kakhovka (Photo:Kakhovka City Territorial Community/Facebook)

Nemerets stated that he would continue to work for the residents of Kakhovka (Photo:Kakhovka City Territorial Community/Facebook)

The mayor of the Ukrainian town of Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast, Vitaliy Nemerets, has left the occupied town due to threats from the Russian invaders, the Kakhovka city territorial community reported on Facebook on April 6, citing Nemerets.

"Since I did not want to cooperate with the Russian occupiers, a real danger threatened the life of my family, and my own," the mayor said.

"I think that a dead mayor or a mayor somewhere in the basement is of no use to the community. Therefore, I've decided to leave the temporarily occupied Kakhovka region for the territory controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine."

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According to Nemerets, he will continue to work for the benefit of Kakhovka residents.

"The fact that I'm not physically with you does not mean that I have abandoned you!" he said.

"I continue to work and will continue to work for you – for the benefit of our Kakhovka community. You should know that only the majority of city council members can remove me from office or accept my resignation at a legitimate session. Everything else is a 'Mickey Mouse' document. I'm still within a phone call for each of you."

Invading Russian forces occupied Kakhovka in the first days of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Local residents continue to hold pro-Ukrainian rallies, calling on the Russians to leave the city.

The Russian occupiers appointed puppet authorities in Kakhovka on April 1.

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