Russians holding over 500 Melitopol residents in torture chambers, mayor says
Melitopol (Photo:Іван Федоров/Telegram)
Over 500 Melitopol residents are currently in Russian captivity as Russian occupation authorities conduct a rigorous filtration of civilians in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Mayor Ivan Fedorov reported on Telegram on March 26.
According to him, after each explosion in the city, the occupation administration intensifies filtration measures, keeps residents in torture chambers, and organizes kangaroo courts.
For the words "Glory to Ukraine" and any other statements of a pro-Ukrainian position, people are fined RUR 30,000 ($388) or held in a basement.
The Russians force prisoners to film videos "confessing to sabotage" to use in propaganda and to recruit new batches of Russian military to the occupied part of Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Fedorov said.
The enemy chose Melitopol as a logistical and administrative hub as the city accounts for 70% of traffic to the temporarily occupied Crimea, Fedorov said.
This is why Russian occupation authorities try to confine residents to their homes en masse, so that Ukraine receives less information, he said.
Fedorov previously reported that the Russian occupation administration is teaching local collaborators from Russian-occupied Melitopol how to evacuate in the event of a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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