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Russian invaders hold captive over 1,000 residents of occupied Zaporizhzhia region

12 April, 2024 Friday
14:05

More than 1,000 local residents are held captive by Russian invaders in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia region

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Ivan Fedorov, Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military District Administration, said this on the air of the telethon.

"If we take Zaporizhzhia alone, more than 1,000 residents are currently in captivity. But we don't know the fate of everyone for sure, because the enemy often hides where our residents are and who is taken captive. And only about some of them we know how and what happened to them. Usually we learn about it from relatives, friends, those who find our people in the occupied territories in the "non-law enforcement" fictitious structures of the Russian Federation," he said.

He emphasized that the priority of local authorities and law enforcement agencies is to collect information about those who have cooperated with the Russian appointees.

The authorities are cooperating with the SBU, the National Police, and the prosecutor's office to document all crimes of collaboration and bring all collaborators to justice, both in absentia and in person, those who can be found on the territory controlled by Ukraine.

According to Fedorov, the Russian invaders in Zaporizhzhia have intensified filtration measures and conscription.

"Therefore, we urge people to leave the occupied territories to protect themselves. The ways to leave are either through the temporarily occupied Crimea, which is the way residents of the occupied territories often choose, and then they go to Georgia or to European countries. Either they leave through the Kolotylivka crossing point, or they go through Berdiansk, Mariupol, Novoazovsk to the territory of the Russian Federation and then leave through the EU or Georgia. Of course, no one can guarantee that this will be a safe way, but it is currently in effect," he said.

 
  • The events dedicated to the mass execution of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka and those still in captivity were held around the world. The events lasted for a month in different countries. The participants wanted to remind foreigners of the inhumane conditions in which the surviving soldiers are being held and to emphasize the need to bring the victims of the terrorist attack home as soon as possible. Eleven countries joined the month of actions. In some countries, several large cities participated at once.

 
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