Pro-Russian councilman accused of leading invaders into Izyum

30 March, 07:14 PM
Anatoliy Fomichevskiy, a pro-Russian OPZH party member (L) in Russian-occupied Donetsk in 2014

Anatoliy Fomichevskiy, a pro-Russian OPZH party member (L) in Russian-occupied Donetsk in 2014

Anatoliy Fomichevskiy, a pro-Russian OPZH party member in Izyum’s city council, showed Russian invading forces an undefended way into the city, the council official Maxym Strelnik alleged in a Facebook post on March 29.

OPZH recently had its operations suspended under martial law, given the party’s long-standing affiliation with Russia.

“On March 26, we started seeing reports that Russian troops were entering Izyum,” Strelnik said.

“Turns out, they didn’t simple waltz in – the traitor Anatoliy Fomichevskiy guided them down an undefended path into Izyum; it’s because of him the invaders managed to enter undetected.”

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Strelnik added that despite that, Ukraine’s Armed Forces are relentlessly fighting for the city’s defense against the Russians. According to his message, Fomichevskiy has condemned the residents of Izyum to become hostage to urban warfare.

Izyum, in Kharkiv oblast, remains blockaded. Some 20,000 residents are trapped in the city, cut off from humanitarian aid, and are relying solely on the efforts of Ukraine’s army, according to Strelnik.

Fomichevskiy, a former local Communist party official, campaigned to declare a “people’s republic” in Kharkiv back in 2014. His numerous attempts to get elected to political office have been unsuccessful. He is known to have spoken in support of the virtues of “the Russian world” on Russian state television.

In addition to him, the former mayor of Izyum Oleksandr Bozhkov, former police official Vladislav Sokolov, and others are alleged to be cooperating with the Russian invaders.

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