Updated Mar 14, 2022 - World

Ukraine says Russian forces have abducted a second mayor

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

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.

State of play: The report comes days after Ukrainian officials said Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov was captured by Russian forces. Galina Danilchenko, Melitopol's new mayor in the Russian-occupied city, said in a video address Sunday that the region would start broadcasting "Russian TV channels," per CNN.

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: 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.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Danilchenko.

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