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In Melitopol, invaders kidnapped journalists for Melitopolskie Vedomosti

21.03.2022, 21:22

In Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya region, representatives of the occupation authorities abducted several employees of the Melitopolki Vedomosti (MV), according to the local newspaper RIA-Melitopol. 

“Armed persons came to the house of journalists Yulia Olkhovska and Lyubov Chaika, publisher Mykhailo Kumok and managing editor-in-chief of the Melitopolski Vedomosti newspaper Yevhenia Boryan, took them away and took them to an unknown destination. The Russians are trying to make them collaborate,” the report on the MV website reads. 

The MV website is currently out of action, but the publication reported a theft in a telegram channel. Mykhailo Kumok's daughter Tetiana  also reported the abduction.

Representatives of the holding company appeal to the leadership of the city and the country, colleagues from the Ukrainian and world press to speak in defense of Melitopol press representatives. 

Updating. According to IMI, the occupiers have already released Yevheniya Boryan. She was taken away, spoke to her and she came back.

The publication "Local News - Melitopol" reported also the fact on Facebook that the occupiers set free three MV female journalists after having talked to them about collaboration.  "The whereabouts of Mykhailo Kumok is still unknown," the newspaper wrote.

We will remind, Melitopol is under the control of the Russian troops. The city regularly protests against the Russian invasion.

Earlier, the occupiers abducted Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov and public figure Olga Gaisumova.

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