Russian navy forces have put in a new mayor for the embattled metropolis of Melitopol — at some point after its elected mayor was kidnapped by a bunch of 10 Russian troopers.
Galina Danilchenko, a former member of the town council, was proclaimed the acting mayor on native TV Saturday, CNN reported.
Mayor Ivan Fedorov was taken from Melitopol’s disaster middle Friday with a plastic bag over his head after he “refused to cooperate with the enemy,” Ukraine’s parliament stated.
More than 2,000 residents of the Russian-occupied metropolis within the Kremlin-backed insurgent area of Luhansk staged a rally to help Fedorov Saturday, whereas Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded his fast launch.
But in a televised assertion, Danilchenko stated she aimed to get the town “back to normal” and warned towards those that would “provoke a reaction of bad behavior.”
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“I ask you to keep your wits about you and not to give in to these provocations,” she stated.