Since the beginning of the occupation of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhya Oblast more than 100 invading troops have been killed by partisans and 50% of the city's residents have left, city Mayor Ivan Fedorov has told Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
“At least 100 Russians have been eliminated by the Melitopol partisan movement with the cooperation of special forces,” Fedorov said in a report published by UNIAN on June 2.
“But I’m sure the number is (actually) higher than that,” he said.
Fedorov said the invading Russian troops are detaining and kidnapping local residents: He said about 500 people have been detained since the beginning of the occupation of the city.
“If you try to classify those who are under the threat of captivity, first of all it's the dissidents who do not want to be part of Russia, those who condemn the occupation, and those who simply disagree with it,” Fedorov said.
“Some people only talk about (opposing the occupation) at home in the kitchen, but everyone is under threat.”
He said that the invaders are forcing people to sign "documents" stating that they will not participate in pro-Ukrainian rallies.
“It’s not just dangerous to go to pro-Ukrainian rallies, it’s dangerous even to stay in the city,” said the mayor.
“So, to date, more than 50% of the residents have left Melitopol. This is more than 70,000 people.”