Ruscism = Russian fascism
- Apr 18, 2013
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New mayor installed in Russian-controlled city of Melitopol - UPI.com
A new mayor was installed in the Ukrainian city of Melitopol on Saturday one day after Russian forces forcibly detained the city's elected mayor, Ivan Fedorov.
A new mayor was installed in the Ukrainian city of Melitopol on Saturday one day after Russian forces forcibly detained the city's elected mayor, Ivan Fedorov. Melitopol's new acting mayor is former city councilor Galina Danilchenko, CNN reports. The Zaporozhye regional administration announced Danilchenko's installment on local television. She was not elected. Melitopol is located in south Ukraine. It has close cultural ties to Russia, and many of its citizens speak the language of the invading country. But Mayor Ivan Federov, 33, publicly called the occupying Russian soldiers "occupiers." According to Ukrainian officials, the Russians threw a bag over his head and drug him from his office Friday night, The New York Times reports.
In a televised address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Federov's capture "a crime against democracy." "Obviously, this is a sign of the weakness of the invaders. They did not find any support on our land, although they counted on it, because for years they have been lying to themselves that people in Ukraine were supposedly waiting for Russia to come," Zelensky said. Crowds took to the streets in Melitopol on Saturday to protest Federov's capture, with around 2,000 people gathering outside the Russian-occupied city hall building. "Bring back the mayor! Bring back the mayor!" they chanted, according to The Washington Post. "Freedom to the mayor! Freedom to the mayor!" Melitopol has a population of around 150,000 people. It's been under Russian control for two weeks.
The Russian occupiers are following the same script they used in Crimea in 2014. Appoint pro-Russia individuals as new officials, and then hold sham referendums to cement Russia's hold on the occupied areas.
Russian appointed mayor Galina Danilchenko is a member of the "Opposition Bloc" political party which is merely a rebranded name for the Party of Regions political party of former president Viktor Yanukovych (who sought sanctuary in Russia. He was convicted of treason in absetia in 2019 and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment). The Opposition Bloc in Ukraine today is managed by Viktor Medvedchuk who is Putin's "grey cardinal" in Ukraine. He is/was under house arrest in Kyiv for the charge of conspiracy aganist Ukraine. Ms. Danilchenko has been charged with treason by Ukraine's Zelenskyy government.
The Kremlin is also busy shutting down information about the Russian invasion to Ukrainian citizens.....
Russia-installed mayor in captured Ukrainian city says it's now airing Russian state TV, which is heavily censoring news of the war