Panicking, but not yet fleeing — Melitopol Mayor on Russian moves in occupied city
Russians are not running away from Melitopol yet, Ivan Fedorov said (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Russian occupation forces have not left temporarily occupied Melitopol and locals, in fact, report the arrival of new Russian units every day, said Mayor Ivan Fedorov on national television on April 27.
Units from Ramzan Kadyrov’s “Akhmat” regiment moved into a central hotel the Zaporizhzhya Oblast regional center on April 26, he said.
"We also see military equipment moving through temporarily occupied Melitopol from the south every day, which moves on to the Zaporizhzhya front line," the mayor stated.
Occupation “officials” are indeed panicking in the city, Fedorov confirmed, but no one is leaving Melitopol at this stage.
"Unfortunately, we see a tendency that the enemy is panicking and does not know what will happen tomorrow, what commands will come tomorrow," he stressed.
“It's still too early to say that they are fleeing temporarily occupied Melitopol.”
Russian occupation “authorities” may be preparing to evacuate civilians from the temporarily occupied territories, Fedorov reported on April 20.
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