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A brave Ukrainian mayor who fears being taken out by Russian forces says he "never sleeps in the same place two nights in a row" as he fears a Russian attack on his life.
Oleksandr Syenkevych, mayor of Mykolaiv in the south of Ukraine, has been praised online for his sense of duty after revealing his acts of dedication to his city.
Mykolaiv, a strategically important shipbuilding city, has come under increased pressure in recent days as one of the main targets for Putin's troops in the deadly "new phase" of the war.
Women and children have been evacuated from the area, while makeshift hospitals have been set up inside underground bunkers as shelling intensifies.
Mr Syenkevych has meanwhile received floods of threatening messages from Russians telling him to surrender, leading him to suspect that an attempt to assassinate or capture him could be in the works.
Speaking defiantly on the measures he has taken to protect himself, the mayor told UnHerd: "I move constantly. don’t sleep in the same place two nights in a row. All I need is my gun and a place to wash.
“In the beginning I’d get messages from Russians telling me to surrender or face the fate of Mariupol. I told them: either go home and live or come here and die. Welcome to hell, motherf***s.”
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He added that Russians "don’t understand" that Ukrainians have chosen to live in a democracy and that he doesn't believe he would have the authority as "one man" to surrender his city.
He explained: "Even if I wanted to surrender, which I would not do. The people would never accept.”
At the end of last month, the governor of Mykolaiv narrowly avoided being hit by a Russian missile strike because he had overslept.
A huge cruise missile struck an administration building in the city, leaving a massive hole in the centre of the structure.
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