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Oleksandr Svidlo, the acting mayor of Berdyansk on Ukraine’s southern coast, said Russian forces entered and took control of the city.
Berdiansk, which has a small naval base, has a population of around 100,000.
Svidlo posted a message to residents of the town on his Facebook page on Sunday that read: “A few hours ago you and I witnessed how heavy military equipment and armed soldiers entered the town and started moving forward in our hometown. As soon as I heard about this, I tried to inform everyone in town so that you have the opportunity to hide in shelters.”
Svidlo continued: “Some time ago, armed soldiers entered the executive committee building and introduced themselves as Russian army soldiers. They informed us that all administrative buildings were under their control and that they were taking over. control of the executive committee building.”
Svidlo said the officials were asked to continue working, “but under the control of armed men. I consider this proposal unacceptable, so we, as all members of the operational headquarters, left the committee building executive”.
Svidlo ended his message by saying: “Today Berdyansk was in the crosshairs. I don’t know what tomorrow will be like, but I think tonight will be very, very difficult.”