According to the Ukrainian parliament, Ivan Fedorov refused to “cooperate” with the occupier. President Zhelensky called on Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholes to help free him.
“A group of ten invaders abducted Melidopol Mayor Ivan Fedoro“, Ukrainian parliamentarian Rada pointed out on his Twitter account.”He refused to cooperate with the enemyHe added that he was arrested while he was in the city’s crisis center, 120 km south of Zaporozhye, to deal with supply problems.
Girillo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, previously posted a video in the Telegram showing a man in a black army coming out of a distance with his head covered by a black bag.
This information was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zhelensky himself. “Today the invaders captured the city mayor Ivan Fedoro in Melitopol. Mayor who bravely defends Ukraine and its community members“, He condemned in a video message in the evening.”This is obviously a sign of the invaders’ weakness (…) that they have moved on to a new phase of terrorism in which they are trying to physically eliminate the representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities.“, He underlined.
“So the arrest of the mayor of Melidopol is a crime against a particular person, not only against a particular community, but also against Ukraine. This is a crime against democracy (…). The actions of the Russian invaders will be similar to the actions of the terrorists of the Islamic State“, He said angrily.
Zelensky appeals to Macron and Scholes
Volodymyr Zhelensky on Saturday summoned Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholes to help free Ivan Fedoro. “We expect world leaders to show us how they can affect the situation“The two European leaders met again this Saturday with Vladimir Putin,” he said.
According to Rada, another regional official, Leyla Ibragimova, vice president of the Zaporozhye Regional Council, had already been abducted and released a few days later.
On Saturday morning, several hundred protesters gathered in front of Melitopol City Hall demanding the release of their mayor.