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Russian soldiers kidnap Ukrainian mayor, president compares him to Islamic State

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10 Russian soldiers yesterday abducted Mayor Ivan Fedorov from the Ukrainian town of Melitopol. Members of Ukraine’s parliament say soldiers kidnapped him while he was at the city’s crisis center to deal with supply issues. Last night in a video message, the President of Ukraine confirmed the kidnapping and described the mayor as a brave man who stands up for his community.

“It’s obviously a sign of the invaders’ weakness… They’ve moved on to a new stage of terror…”.

The president went on to say that Russia’s actions will be viewed “like those of the Islamic State terrorists.” He said the kidnapping was a crime against democracy because officials like the mayor are legitimate representatives of local Ukrainian authorities.

A tweet from the Ukrainian parliament also spoke of the mayor’s bravery, saying he refused to cooperate with “the enemy”.

On Wednesday, Russian forces shelled a maternity hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The attack came as Russia agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire to allow civilians to flee towns and villages. Pregnant women and children are believed to be buried under the rubble. At least 17 people were injured in the attack.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post