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Ukraine mayor taken hostage, released after protesters push troops back

Russian forces entered the northern Ukrainian metropolis of Slavutych and seized a hospital there Saturday, taking the mayor hostage, after which releasing him as 1000’s of residents stuffed the streets in protest and pushed the troops back to the outskirts of city.

The metropolis had seen little violence for the reason that begin of the struggle a month in the past, however shelling was reported there Friday. The city, about 100 miles north of Kyiv close to the Belarus border, was constructed after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe to accommodate the nuclear energy plant’s employees.

Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the top of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, mentioned in a post on the messaging app Telegram Saturday that the Russians additionally kidnapped after which released town’s mayor, Yuri Fomichev.

The governor mentioned that a whole bunch of residents of Slavutych carrying an enormous Ukrainian flag stuffed the streets across the commandeered hospital to protest the Russian invasion.

Ukraine protest Slavutych
The Ukrainian metropolis had seen little violence for the reason that begin of the struggle a month in the past.
through REUTERS

“The Russians opened fire into the air,” he mentioned. “They threw flash-bang grenades into the crowd. But the residents did not disperse, on the contrary, more of them showed up,” Pavlyuk mentioned.

Fomichev addressed the group after he was released, native journalists reported.

“In captivity, I negotiated with the occupiers,” Fomichev informed the group, in keeping with a video confirmed by the New York Times. “It was agreed that if it is confirmed that our military is not in the city, everything will be calm.”

Military troops with armoured vehicles stand guard as demonstrators protest amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Slavutych
Military troops with armored automobiles stand guard as demonstrators protest throughout Russia’s presence in Slavutych.
through REUTERS

“Slavutych remains under the Ukrainian flag!” he mentioned.

But he added that Russian forces had instructed folks handy over weapons, and mentioned that the nationwide police and the Ukrainian navy had been now not within the metropolis, “so we will appoint people on duty to prevent looting, chaos and disorder.”

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