“At 7:00 a.m., there was a loud explosion in Melitopol, which was well felt by residents in the city center,” he wrote.
Fedorov noted that people are afraid to leave their homes, and this fear plays into the hands of the occupiers: on the first day of the house-to-house “vote” in the pseudo-referendum, Russians need everyone to sit quietly at home.
The mayor advises residents of Melitopol to stay away from the Russian military and enemy equipment, as “something is constantly exploding next to them.”
On the eve of the “referendum”, as Fedorov reported, on September 22, the invaders staged a terrorist attack in Melitopol in order to blame the Ukrainian authorities for it.
From September 23 to September 27, the invaders plan to hold pseudo-referendums on the annexation of regions to Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporozhye, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Ukraine and the international community have stated in advance that they do not recognize the results of this illegal “vote” and that it will not have any legal force in terms of international law. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Russia would support “referenda” and recognize their results.
After the attack on Ukraine, the Russian occupation troops seized part of the territory of the Zaporozhye region. On February 26, after fighting with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders entered the 150,000-strong Melitopol.
The Russians could not take the regional center, so they decided to declare Melitopol the “capital” of the region.
The Ukrainian resistance movement is actively operating in the city, which is fighting against the invaders and collaborators. In addition, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are working on the military targets of the invaders in Melitopol and its environs.