Ukrainian partisans in occupied Melitopol reveal details of their activity

18 August, 02:32 PM
A Ukrainian partisan, alias Svarog, operating in occupied Melitopol, revealed some details of the Ukrainian underground resistance (Photo:inform.zp.ua)

A Ukrainian partisan, alias Svarog, operating in occupied Melitopol, revealed some details of the Ukrainian underground resistance (Photo:inform.zp.ua)

A Ukrainian partisan, alias Svarog, operating in occupied Melitopol, revealed some details of the operation of the Ukrainian underground resistance, in an interview with the New York Times on Aug. 17.

“The goal is to show the occupiers that they are not at their home, that they should not settle in, and that they should not sleep comfortably, ” Svarog said.

The Ukrainian military began training partisans a few months before the invasion, when Russia concentrated its troops near Ukrainian borders.

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According to the partisan, after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, he was sent to a secret cache in a warehouse near Melitopol. There he found explosives, detonators, Kalashnikov assault rifles, a grenade launcher and two silenced pistols.

Partisan attacks have been going on for several months in Melitopol. According to Svarog, this spring, he and several members of an underground cell in Melitopol entered the city at night to plant a car bomb in a parking lot controlled by Russian police.

First they cut an electrical wire to turn off the street lights, then in the dark they planted a bomb in the wheel arch, and wrapped the bomb with tape, with the sticky side out. The tape was glued to both the inside of the wheel and the detonator so that the bomb would detonate as the wheel starts rotating.

“Nobody there is keeping public order,” said Svarog.

“As a result of the bombing, one policeman was killed, a second was injured.”

Last week, another member of the resistance mined the car of collaborator Oleh Shostak. Svarog noted that his team planted a bomb under the driver's seat. It was set up to explode on the engine's start. Shostak survived the assassination attempt, but was seriously wounded.

According to the partisan, whether the collaborators survive or die is less important than the signal sent with each attack: you will never be safe.

Svarog, along with another partisan, callsign Viking, said that they didn’t consider doctors, firefighters, and ordinary housing and communal services workers to be traitors. But the teachers who cooperate with the invaders, according to the partisans, are collaborators.

“The Russians want to teach according to their school program, and not according to the truth,” Viking said.

“A child is vulnerable to propaganda and if brought up into this program, he will become an idiot just like the Russians.”

The partisans will not attack teachers, he said, but will humiliate them with grim warning leaflets, which they often place on power pylons.

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