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When the Ukrainian authorities left Melitopol, all the services responsible for the security of the city left with them, and weapons and police cars were abandoned. Well done turned out to be employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, who remained with the Melitopol residents and are now helping, one of the new leaders of Melitopol, Yevgeny Balitsky, told the VZGLYAD newspaper. How does the Ukrainian city, recently liberated by Russian troops, live and what does it hope for?
On Friday night, Russian air defense systems repelled a missile attack aimed at the residential areas of Melitopol, a Zaporozhye city that had been occupied by our troops a few weeks ago. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, several Tochka-Us with cluster warheads were fired from the outskirts of Zaporozhye , which is “controlled by Ukrainian nationalists.” However, the missiles flying to Melitopol were intercepted .
Nevertheless, Melitopol is getting used to a new peaceful life: shops, transport are working, and humanitarian aid is being distributed to the townspeople. Here, as in Kherson, provisional administrations began to work. And about. Mayor was the deputy of the City Council Galina Danilchenko, who previously was a member of the Party of Regions. She is assisted by the "Committee of People's Deputies".
The deputy of the Zaporozhye Regional Council Yevgeny Balitsky is responsible for coordinating the local authorities with the Russian law enforcement agencies. The adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko, has already accused the deputy of treason, threatening him with severe punishment.
Balitsky was born in Melitopol, in the family of a military aviator. In 1991 he graduated from the Tambov Higher Military Aviation School, in 1995 he was transferred to the reserve from the Melitopol Regiment of Military Transport Aviation with the rank of captain. After that, he was engaged in business, until he moved into politics, was a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Party of Regions (he was also elected from Melitopol).
Evgeny Balitsky. (photo: frame from video)
Evgeny Balitsky. (photo: frame from video)
In 2017, on one of the television talk shows, he promised to annex Melitopol to Russia. “Crimea has left, we cannot regain Donbass. And we will leave - I and the district that I represent, - Balitsky threatened. “Only we will leave with our territories.”
About how his native Melitopol lives in the new reality, Yevgeny Balitsky spoke in an interview with the VZGLYAD newspaper.
OPINION: Yevgeny Vitalyevich, reportedly, the city was subjected to rocket fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. What are the consequences of the impact?
Evgeny Balitsky: Three rockets in the evening and night. We count them every day. In fact, they flew one or two every day towards Melitopol. It all started as soon as the Ukrainian troops left Melitopol, and it happens with a frequency of three rockets per day.
But the benefit of air defense, deployed by Russian troops, knocks them down. The missiles were shot down, two of them were with a cluster warhead, one was designed to undermine objects, not manpower. Two rockets fell in a more or less safe area, and one rocket fell in a residential area, the gas main was damaged. I saw holes in the gas pipe, there was an ignition.
City services worked fine, extinguished, houses are being restored. The damage is not very significant, because the impact of the fragments is not a direct hit of the rocket. Roofs, slates, windows are restored by the city and the citizens themselves.
But I can not help but share the general impression of what is happening. Ukraine is now firing at Melitopol, firing from this very Tochka launcher - and not at the airfield, not at military units that we don’t have ... The military in bulletproof vests and on armor, they just won’t die. And I have a question - why are you shooting at us? To whom and what do you want to prove? Do you want to bring us to our knees, or do you want to make us love Ukraine even more?
A Ukrainian Tochka-U missile was flying towards us, and the Russians shot it down. So who should we be grateful for our lives? I'm not calling for anything, I'm just asking questions - although I have already been brought to the "Peacemaker" and declared almost an enemy. But now I'm more concerned about the peace and security of our city - so that all services work normally.
VZGLYAD: How is it now?
E.B.: Most shops are open. The markets are open, the products are all there, as it was before February 24th. Prices are slightly higher than before the 24th. Basically, all spheres are working, except for industry, because there are a lot of questions about supplies and sales of products.
The salaries of state employees are paid - partly by the Ukrainian authorities, if we take state institutions, such as institutes, the Agro Academy, technical schools - what was on the balance sheet of the state, not local authorities. As for local payments, there is a problem with payments to pensioners, now this issue is being resolved, the debt is small, no more than a month.
But we must admit that there are interruptions in many industries, many enterprises do not work - by the way, this explains the fact that a very large number of people are standing in lines for humanitarian aid. To be frank, if even before February 24 something was handed out for free, there would still be a huge queue.
VZGLYAD: How does the new city government build relations with the Russian military?
E.B.: The military does not directly interfere in the life of the city. We observe them only in the objects of deployment, they walk around the city, we - the civil authorities - especially do not intersect with them. The interaction is with the police, which was created to protect law and order, instead of the national police.
We receive humanitarian aid every week. Today we received 50 tons: stew, sugar, cereals, diapers - everything you need. We distribute in different parts of the city. Mostly receive socially unprotected group. And yes, the lines are huge.
VZGLYAD: You mentioned the newly created law enforcement service. Is it strong enough to fight the looting that was reported in the first days after the departure of the Ukrainian military?
E.B .: Looting is on the decline. It is practically non-existent now - in any case, there have been no reports over the past week. Law and order in the city is provided by the military and the Melitopol police. About a hundred people signed up as volunteers - these are former police officers, mostly retired. They walk without weapons. We don’t have a prosecutor’s office, we don’t have courts, so the security forces cannot fully perform their functions.
You have to understand that quite recently there was a crazy situation - when the Ukrainian authorities left, including all the security forces, who, as far as I know, were transferred to Dnepropetrovsk. All the services that were responsible for the security of the city left - everything was damaged in their offices, computers and other equipment.
At the same time, the weapons were thrown, and the police cars were also thrown. The employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations turned out to be well done, they stayed with the Melitopol residents, now they are helping.
VZGLYAD: Was there an exodus of residents from the city before the Russian troops entered?
E.B.: No. As I said, mostly employees of the prosecutor's office, the police, and employees of the mayor's office left. Those who were "at the feeder", they had something to lose. Those who directly financed the Right Sector* and similar organizations, or were somehow connected with them, also left. Needless to say, there were very few. We are a typical city of the South-East, we have never had a lot of crazy "Nazis" here. There were practically no those who left to serve in "Aidar", "Azov" and other national battalions.
By order of the Kiev authorities, they tried to create a territorial defense, there were no more than a dozen who wanted to sign up. And even then, these people were immediately handed over - when the "good people" entered the mayor's office, they handed over their own teroboronists. Such a classic of the Ukrainian genre.
VZGLYAD: We have heard statements that the new leadership of the city seeks to be out of politics. Is it so, in your opinion?
E.B.: We do not influence political processes, which flags hang in the city. This is the position, and it is shared by the majority of the townspeople - there is no need to drag people into political showdowns. There are two presidents who must resolve issues between themselves. There are two armies that sort things out with each other. But please don't do it in city blocks! We want to live and develop, we need to give birth to children, we need our city to remain for someone, so that there is someone to live here.
VZGLYAD: The Kiev leadership encouraged local residents of cities that are under the control of the Russian military to go to rallies. How do city officials feel about this?
E.B.: The authorities urge people not to participate in such actions. My personal opinion is this - all these calls for “protest and resistance” are reminiscent of a line from a song: “I love you so much when you are far away!”. It's good to be clever somewhere in Kyiv - let's all die for our homeland.
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Let them better explain what we are all invited to die for. "For our streets and houses"? So do not put mortars on our houses, and do not launch combat drones into the streets. I already spoke about the rockets - which they launched at our homes. "For the Ukrainian land"? So the Kyiv authorities sold this land without asking people, without any referendum. For plants and factories? So they have not been ours for a long time, their oligarchs bought them up. I will not fight for Zelensky.
In 1991 I voted for Ukraine, for independence, but I voted for another country. Not for taking away the right to speak Russian from us, and not for them renaming our streets here without asking anyone. Everything was done without us. And now, when it's hot, they say - come on, patriots, go and fight. When people ask me why I am not a military officer, I take part in the fighting? I swore an oath to the Soviet Union - why should I fight for you?