A Ukrainian mayor who was abducted by Russian forces last week has been released from captivity, officials said Wednesday.
The news that Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov was no longer in Russian hands was announced by Andriy Yermak, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
“Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov has been released from Russian captivity,” he wrote in a Telegram post.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, confirmed on Facebook that Zelenskyy had spoken with Fedorov. Ukraine Defense Ministry posted a video of the president talking to the mayor via cellphone.
“We do not abandon ours,” Zelenskyy said, the ministry said in a tweet.
In an earlier post, he said a “special operation aiming to free the mayor of Melitopol” had just been successfully completed.
Fedorov was taken March 11 while at a crisis center in Melitopol and was led out the building with a plastic bag over his head, the Ukrainian parliament said.