Ukrainians in territories occupied by Russian forces would use any means at their disposal to sabotage the invaders, including poisoning cherries, a local official said Thursday.
Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, revealed on a TV show that subversive Ukrainian farmers were able to decommission the occupants using contaminated stone fruit.
Fedorov said Russian soldiers stole a crop of sweet cherries from local farmers, apparently to export them to Crimea for profit, unaware that the fruits had been sprayed with chemicals, Ukrainian News reported.
“Our farmers have prepared another gift for the [Russian fascists] — freshly processed sweet cherries, which caused mass illness among the [Russians] who stole it from the farmers.
“And this is another type of partisan movement, the resistance, which today exists in the territory of the Melitopol district. You shouldn’t steal anything from us, everything was grown thanks to the hard work of our farmers,” Fedorov said.
The mayor claimed that 99% of those who remain in Melitopol are now part of a resistance movement targeting Russian troops.
“Residents of Melitopol completely ignored the celebration of Russia Day. The whole country saw – last Sunday only 15 people out of 70,000 inhabitants who remained in the temporarily occupied city lined up to [Russian] passports,” Federov said.
Melitopol has been occupied since the early days of the war, now in its fourth month. Much of the surrounding region, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, is under Kremlin control.
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