Russian invaders introduce passes for leaving Melitopol

30 July, 06:02 PM
Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov (Photo:Zaporizhzhia Oblast Council)

Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov (Photo:Zaporizhzhia Oblast Council)

Ukrainians will need to obtain a pass in order to leave Melitopol through the informal border post at the village of Vasylivka starting Aug. 1, the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fyodorov, said on national TV on July 30.

Members of the public will have to apply for a pass from the occupational commandant's office, the mayor said.

“Since yesterday, the Russians began to inform people that starting Aug. 1, it will be required to receive some kind of special passes from the commandant's office in order to leave the temporarily occupied territory,” said the mayor.

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“They’re trying to make it harder to leave.”

According to Fedorov, as of the morning of July 30, more than 800 cars and more than 4,000 people were queuing to leave the area through Vasylivka.

Fedorov also said that earlier the Russian invasion forces used to let cars pass starting from 5 p.m., but now they are letting them pass from the morning. All the same, the number of cars that are allowed to leave for Ukrainian-controlled parts of Zaporizhzhya has remained unchanged, at 200-300 per day.

“Also, two days ago, they started making copies of the passports of all the people who were leaving,” added the mayor.

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