Tavrian State Agrotechnological University (Melitopol).| Photo: Wikipedia
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the Russian army of kidnapping Ivan Fedorov, mayor of the city of Melitopol.
According to CNN, Fedorov was seen on video being detained and taken away by gunmen. Hours later, a Russian-backed regional prosecutor in Luhansk claimed that Fedorov had committed “crimes of terrorism and was under investigation”.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called Fedorov’s detention a “kidnapping” and said it was just one of many “flagrant violations of the norms and principles of law law, including international humanitarian law, war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as other human rights violations by the Russian military.”
“We urge the international community to respond immediately to the kidnapping of Ivan Fedorov and other civilians, and to increase pressure on Russia to end its barbaric war against the Ukrainian people,” the statement read. . “The kidnapping of the mayor of Melitopol, along with hundreds of other war crimes committed by the Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil, are carefully documented by law enforcement. The perpetrators of this crime and others will be brought to justice.”
With information from CNN.