Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of kidnapping the mayor of Melitopol in an act of what Zelensky believes is terrorism.
In a video address released on Friday, Zelensky said that “They [Russia] have transitioned into a new stage of terror, in which they try to physically liquidate representatives of Ukraine’s lawful local authorities.”
This announcement from Zelensky comes at an interesting time as Melitopol fell to Russian forces on February 26th at the very beginning of Russia’s invasion.
The mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, has faced accusations of “terrorist activities” by the Luhansk People’s Republic. Fedorov also stands accused of facilitating the “terrorist crimes against Donbass civilians.”
As it stands, Fedorov was public enemy #1 in the Russian-aligned separatist regions that broke off from Ukraine before Russia invaded.
Both sides believe the other to be engaged in terrorism, and for the international community, this situation has further muddied the waters. The Biden administration would do well to collect every bit of information they can on this situation.
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