Even now, the Russians place military equipment near residential buildings.
The Russian military threatens to completely destroy Melitopol in case of retreat.
The mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, told about this in an interview with “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“I heard one thing from more than one person. The occupiers say that if they will leave Melitopol, and the fact that they assume this is already good… They say: “if we leave the city, everything will be mined , everything will be destroyed.” And this is definitely not about ensuring the security of our infrastructure,” Fedorov said.
According to the mayor, even now the Russians place all military equipment and military objects near residential multi-story buildings.
“They are shooting, but our troops cannot respond in kind,” Fedorov explained.
He added that it is now possible to leave Melitopol. However, the queues for departure in Vasylivka are very long. People have to spend several nights in the field to leave for free territory.