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Russia kidnaps Melitopol mayor, accuses of aiding and financing terrorist activities

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TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Ukraine claims Russia has kidnapped the mayor of Melitopol.

The mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, accused Russia of aiding and financing terrorist activities.

Fedorov was also accused of being part of the criminal communists.

Fedorov is being held in the city’s crisis center.

He also refuses to cooperate with the enemy.

Melitopol is now under temporary control of Russian troops.

According to the Luhansk prosecutor’s website, Fedorov is accused of belonging to the right sector, a group that the Luhanks prosecutor says has carried out acts of terrorism against civilians in the Donbas region.

quote Newsweekduring a meeting with the UN Security Council, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya asked his Russian counterpart to release Fedorov.

“Please ask Moscow to release the kidnapped mayor of Melitopol,” he said.

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Video screenshot released by the Ukrainian National Police on March 9, 2022, shows a damaged children’s hospital building, crushed cars and debris on the ground after a Russian air strike on the southeastern city of Mariupol. (HANDOUT / NATIONAL POLICE OF UKRAINE / AFP)

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the kidnapping of Fedorov a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.

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