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