Over 700 Melitopol residents abducted since February, mayor says

22 November 2022, 07:51 PM
Occupied Melitopol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Occupied Melitopol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russians continue to kidnap local residents in occupied Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, city Mayor Ivan Fedorov said in a comment to Radio Liberty on Nov. 22. 

According to him, more than 700 people have been abducted since Feb. 24, with over 100 residents currently being held captive by Russians.

Fedorov added that there are new waves of abductions in the city.

"After every successful attempt of our resistance forces to eliminate the invaders and collaborators, the rascists surround the areas and conduct searches,” he said.

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“If a person has something Ukrainian at home – either a flag, or clothes with (Ukrainian) symbols – that person is kidnapped and tortured.”

On Nov. 22, Fedorov reported that collaborators from temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia Oblast "are running like rats from a sinking ship".

Earlier, local news outlet RIA Melitopol reported that Russian collaborators are discussing plans to escape from the city.

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