Russian forces install new mayor of Melitopol after kidnapping Ivan Fedorov

Russian forces installed a new mayor for the embattled city of Melitopol – a day after their elected mayor was kidnapped by a group of 10 Russian soldiers.

Galina Danilchenko, a former member of the city council, was proclaimed the incumbent mayor CNN reported on local television on Saturday.

Mayor Ivan Fedorov was taken over from the crisis center of Melitopol Friday with a plastic bag over his head after “refusing to cooperate with the enemy,” Ukraine’s parliament said.

More than 2,000 residents of the Russian-held city in the Kremlin-backed rebel region of Luhansk held a rally in support of Fedorov on Saturday, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for his immediate release.

But in a televised statement, Danilchenko said she wants to bring the city “back to normal” and warned against those who would “provoke a reaction to bad behavior”.


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“I ask you to remain sane and not give in to these provocations,” she said.

Citizens protest against the kidnapping of Mayor Ivan Fedorov in front of an administrative building in Melitopol, Ukraine, on March 12, 2022.
Acting mayor Galina Danilchenko claims that protesters in Melitopol, Ukraine are being fined.
Courtesy of Deputy Head for President’s Office, Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS
CCTV footage shows Russian soldiers arresting the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov.
CCTV footage shows Russian soldiers arresting the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President, Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS
Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov
According to the Ukrainian parliament, the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, “refused to cooperate with the Russian armed forces”.
Embassy of Ukraine

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