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The mayor of Kherson, who was kidnapped by Russians, has officially been recognized as a captive or prisoner

17 Sep, 2023
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The mayor of Kherson, who was kidnapped by Russians, has officially been recognized as a captive or prisoner

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has officially recognized the Mayor of Kherson, Igor Kolykhaiev, as a captive or prisoner. His son, Sviatoslav, confirmed this in a statement to "Suspilne" 

"I contacted the Red Cross, and they told me that the Russian side has included my father, Igor Kolykhaiev, in the list of captives, and he is currently on the territory of the Russian Federation. They did not specify his exact location or the state of his health. His status has also been updated in the coordination headquarters' database," Sviatoslav said.

According to him, Igor Kolykhaiev's captive status was officially confirmed this week on September 13th.

Here is what is known about the kidnapping of Kherson's mayor, Igor Kolykhaiev, by Russian military personnel:

  1. On April 25, 2022, Russian military forces seized the building of the Kherson City Council.

  2. On April 26, 2022, Igor Kolykhaiev appealed to the Office of the President regarding the unlawful appointment of the occupying authorities.

  3. On May 5, 2022, Kherson's mayor, Igor Kolykhaiev, announced that he would remain in the city and work remotely.

  4. On May 11, 2022, Kolykhaiev again contacted the Office of the President of Ukraine with an official statement.

  5. On June 28, 2022, in Kherson, Russian military personnel kidnapped Mayor Igor Kolykhaiev, as reported by his advisor, Halyna Lyashevska.

  6. The next day, the police of the Kherson region opened a criminal case regarding the kidnapping of Kherson's mayor, Igor Kolykhaiev, by Russian military personnel.

As the mayor is the holder of electronic keys for salary and all social payments within the Kherson territorial community, one-third of the budget payment calculations were under threat due to his abduction

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