Israeli-Ukrainian Arrested by Russian Forces Released, Foreign Ministry Says

Tatiana Kumok, a fashion blogger who has lived in Melitopol for about a year after living in Israel for a decade, has in recent weeks reported on what is happening in the city under Russian occupation

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Tatiana Kumok and her father
Tatiana Kumok and her fatherCredit: Tatiana Kumok's Facebook

A resident of the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, who also holds an Israeli citizenship, was briefly arrested by Russian forces and later released, Israel's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The ministry began looking into reports that Tatiana Kumok and both her parents had been arrested after her relatives reached sought assistance. The ministry later said all three were released. No further details were provided.

Tatiana Kumok's post about her parentsCredit: Facebook

Earlier on Monday, Kumok posted on her Facebook account that her father, Michael, had been abducted by the Russians and that she had lost contact with her mother.

Before he retired, Michael Kumok had been a well-known figure in the city as the publisher of a local newspaper. Kumok, a fashion blogger who has been living in Melitopol for about a year after living in Israel for about a decade, had in recent weeks been reporting on what was happening in the city under Russian occupation.

Tatiana Kumok had reported on her Facebook page that her father had been arrested with three women journalists who work for MV, the company that owns the newspaper, a website and a printing plant.

The reasons for the arrests are not known, but in a message posted Monday morning, Tatiana Kumok speculated they had been detained to force them into collaborating with the occupation forces.

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