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President Zelensky denounces kidnapping of Melitopol mayor, calls Russian actions like ISIS

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TRIBUNNEWS.COM – President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, condemned the actions of Russian troops who kidnapped Melitopol Mayor Ivan Federov on Saturday (12/3/2022).

Volodymyr Zelensky also demanded the mayor’s release.

In a video on Telegram released on Saturday, Zelensky praised the mayor for bravely defending Ukraine and its citizens.

However, Zelensky denounced Russia’s actions as a sign of the occupier’s weakness.

“This is a clear sign of the weakness of the invaders. They have moved to a new stage of terror where they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities.”

“The arrest of the mayor of Melitopol, therefore, is a crime, not only against certain people, against certain communities, and not only against Ukraine. This is a crime against democracy itself,” he was quoted as saying. Tribunnews from Anadolu Agency.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky uploaded a video of himself addressing his office in Kiev on Monday (7/3/2022) night. It is understood that this is the first time Zelensky has been seen there since the Russian offensive began on February 24. (Facebook of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky)

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Zelensky said Russia’s kidnapping of the mayor of Melitopil was a crime against democracy.

According to him, all countries in the world will admit if Russia’s actions are equated with the actions of ISIS.

“This is a crime against democracy as such. I assure you that one hundred percent of people in all democracies will know this. The actions of the Russian occupiers will be equated with the actions of the ISIS terrorists,” he explained.

However, Zelensky said Ukraine saw that Melitopol had not surrendered to Russia.

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