Russia installed a new mayor in the Ukrainian city of Melitopol after soldiers kidnapped the city’s democratically elected mayor.
The new mayor, Galina Danilchenko, was introduced as the city’s acting mayor on local TV, CNN reported, citing a statement from the Zaporozhye regional administration website.
In a televised statement posted to Telegram, Danilchenkso said her “main task is to take all necessary steps to get the city back to normal,” CNN reported. She said there are people in Melitopol who are trying to disrupt “the situation and provoke a reaction of bad behavior.”
“I ask you to keep your wits about you and not to give in to these provocations,” Danilchenko said. “I appeal to the deputies, elected by the people, on all levels. Since you were elected by the people, it is your duty to care about the well-being of your citizens.”
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