Zelensky warns of “new stage of terror,” citing abduction of mayor

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of “a new stage of terror” in a video posted to Telegram on Friday night, referencing the abduction of the mayor of Melitopol by Russian forces.

Driving the news: The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the kidnapping of Mayor Ivan Fedorov a war crime, according to a statement posted to Facebook on Friday.

  • “It is a democratic world here therefore the capture of the mayor of Melitopol is a crime not only against a particular person. Not only against a particular community. And not only against Ukraine. This is a crime against democracy,” Zelensky said in his own video message.
  • “Obviously, this is a sign of the weakness of the invaders,” the Ukrainian president added. “They did not find collaborators who would hand over the city and the power to the invaders. Therefore, they have switched to a new stage of terror when they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities.”

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