FURIOUS Ukrainian President Zelensky compares Putin’s troops to ISIS terrorists as he slams the armed kidnap of the Melitopol mayor by Russian troops.
Zelensky is calling for the immediate release of the mayor, whose abduction was partially caught on video and shows him being taken from a government building with a bag over his head.
Ivan Fedorov is the mayor of Melitopol[/caption]
Zelensky posted a video to Telegram Friday night with the message.
“It is a democratic world here therefore the capture of the mayor of Melitopol is a crime not only against a particular person,” Zelensky said.
“Not only against a particular community. And not only against Ukraine. This is a crime against democracy.
“Obviously, this is a sign of the weakness of the invaders.
“They did not find collaborators who would hand over the city and the power to the invaders.
“Therefore, they have switched to a new stage of terror when they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities.”
Zelensky goes on to say that “equated with the actions of ISIS terrorists … this can only get worse for the invaders.”
Mayor Ivan Fedorov was captured by about 10 Russian soldiers, and led out of the government building when he allegedly refused to turn over the city to his captors.
The news comes as Zelensky also said Ukraine was at a “strategic turning point” in the ongoing conflict with Russian forces.
“It is impossible to say how many days we still have … to free Ukrainian land. But we can say we will do it,” Zelensky said.
“We are already moving towards our goal, our victory.”
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