Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron to try to free the kidnapped mayor of the city of Melitopol.
He has spoken to several allies about the case, including Scholz and Macron, Selenskyj said in Saturday’s video message. “Our demand is clear: he must be released immediately.”
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The Ukrainian president said he would talk to “all the necessary people” to secure the release of the mayor of Melitopol. “We hope that world leaders will show us how they can influence the situation.”
Russian soldiers kidnapped the mayor of the occupied city of Melitopol in southern Ukraine on Friday, according to Ukrainian sources. As the Ukrainian parliament announced on Twitter, Ivan Fedorov was kidnapped by “squatters” while visiting a crisis center. “He refused to cooperate with the enemy,” the tweet read.
According to Zelenskyy, 2,000 people took to the streets of Melitopol on Saturday against the Russian invasion and for the release of the mayor. “Do you hear that, Moscow? If 2,000 people demonstrate against the occupation in Melitopol, how many are there against the war in Moscow?” he asked. Located in southern Ukraine halfway between Mariupol and Kherson, Melitopol had a population of just over 150,000 before the Russian invasion on February 24. (AFP)