Russian Troops and Ukrainian Town Negotiate to Leave Each Other Alone
No Ukrainian military, no civilian assault rifles — no Russians
Feared to be "abducted", mayor of Slavutich reappeared and explained that he was not in captivity but was negotiating the surrender of the city😉
"We have no choice" he said. Well, Zelensky would disagree – you could sacrifice your city & its residents in the name of the regime pic.twitter.com/RMxkwCaEgd
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Source: The Guardian
A mayor in a Ukrainian town occupied by Russian forces has been released from captivity [actually he was just absent for negotiations] and the soldiers have agreed to leave after a mass protest by residents.
Slavutych, a northern town close to the Chernobyl nuclear site, was taken by Russian forces but stun grenades and overhead fire failed to disperse unarmed protesters on its main square on Saturday.
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The crowd demanded the release of mayor Yuri Fomichev, who had been taken prisoner by the Russian troops.
Attempts by Russian troops to intimidate the growing protest failed and on Saturday afternoon Fomichev was let go by his captors.
An agreement was made that the Russians would leave the town if those with arms handed them over to the mayor with a dispensation for those with hunting rifles.
Fomichev told those protesting that the Russians had agreed to withdraw “if there are no [Ukrainian] military in the city”.
The deal struck, the mayor said, was that the Russians would make a search for Ukrainian soldiers and arms and then depart. One Russian checkpoint outside the city would remain.
Ukrainian city of Slavutich (population of 25,000) allegedly decided not to resist and let the Russian army in. While 2-3 hunders atriotic Ukrainians protested, stretching Ukrainian flag and chunting Glory to Ukraine.https://t.co/0gTkDRKOQD
They were left to protest. pic.twitter.com/OumbUbEoBE
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The incident highlights the struggle that Russian forces have faced even where they have had military victories.
Russian troops reportedly advancing on Slavutych near Chernigov pic.twitter.com/cKPQZ3922s
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Video from Slavutich. The Russian military opens fire to disperse the rally, but locals do not disperse and continue to demonstrate against the occupation.#StopRussia #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/mXC79njOlN
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