The Russian occupiers have abducted at least 1,000 people in Melitopol since the beginning of the occupation of the city.
Source: Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, during a briefing in Ukraine-Ukrinform media centre on 30 January
Quote: "Within almost a year of the occupation, almost 1,000 of our residents were abducted in the city of Melitopol alone. To date, hundreds are still in captivity in various cities.
They [the invaders – ed.] transported at least 3,500 convicts from prisons in the occupied territories to the temporarily occupied Crimea. Of course, they were transported illegally."
Details: Fedorov added that Russian-appointed puppet leaders of the temporarily occupied territories issued a decree on the legalisation of 28 prisons, three of which are in the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Oblast. In particular, the occupiers legalised some of the five torture chambers in Melitopol.