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Ukraine Says Russian Forces Have Abducted a Second Mayor

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Fedorov’s kidnapping a war crime in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday.
Dmytro Kuleba gives a press conference after meeting with Russia's foreign minister for talks in Antalya on March 10. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Dmytro Kuleba gives a press conference after meeting with Russia’s foreign minister for talks in Antalya on March 10. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Sunday accused Russian forces of abducting a second Ukrainian mayor, Yevhen Matveyev, from the southern city of Dniprorudne.

What they’re saying: “Getting zero local support, invaders turn to terror. I call on all states & international organizations to stop Russian terror against Ukraine and democracy,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

The big picture: The abduction of Dniprorudne’s mayor comes days after Ukraine said the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, was captured by Russian forces.

  • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday warned of “a new stage of terror” in reference to Fedorov’s abduction.
  • The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Fedorov’s kidnapping a war crime in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday.
  • About 2,000 people protested in front of Melitopol’s city hall Saturday demanding the mayor’s release, per the Washington Post.

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