Mayor of Ukrainian city Melitopol abducted by Russia, officials say

Posted on March 12, 2022, 10:47 am
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The mayor of Melitopol, Ukraine was abducted by Russian forces on Friday, Ukrainian authorities said. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said Mayor Ivan Fedorov’s abduction was “a war crime under the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocol that prohibit the taking of civilian hostages during the war.”

“We call on the international community to respond immediately to the abduction of Ivan Fedorov and other civilians, and to increase pressure on Russia to end its barbaric war against the Ukrainian people,” the ministry’s statement said. 

The Ministry said Fedorov’s abduction was one of several war crimes committed by Russia. 

“Russian troops, who have been launching missile and bomb attacks on civilian facilities and infrastructure in Ukraine, including children’s hospitals and schools, over the course of two weeks, are cynically accusing the mayor of ‘terrorism,'” the ministry wrote on its Facebook page.

In a video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Fedorov’s abduction was a sign of Russia’s weakness. 

“They didn’t find any support on our land even though they counted on it,” Zelenskyy said of the invading forces. 

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