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Iryna Vereshchuk: Russians kidnapped three Israeli citizens in Melitopol

Monday, 21 March 2022, 20:22

Monday, 21 March 2022, 20:55

Russian military personnel abducted three Israeli citizens in Melitopol on Monday: Tetyana Kumok and her parents, Vira and Mykhailo Kumok.

Source: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk on Facebook


Verbatim: "I always thought that Israeli citizens don’t need an explanation: what does it mean to be in a war, when residential neighborhoods are bombed, when humanitarian columns are shelled, when a cargo of water and medicine is not allowed in besieged cities, or when civilians are abducted as in this particular case with an Israeli family in Melitopol."

"And if Israel understands all this, why do they indirectly support the Russians? (...)"

"One should not conceal this: Ukrainian Jews and other Ukrainians are disappointed with Israel's position and tone in the issue of the Ukrainian-Russian war. "


Background: Russian military personnel abducted several representatives of a local media holding in Melitopol on the morning of March 21, including the Kumkov family. They had been released later in the afternoon.

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