Soldiers from the Russian army are demanding monetary payments from Ukrainian residents for a chance to escape occupied territories. Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration reported in a Telegram post that Russian troops in the occupied southeastern city of Melitopol are charging civilians 3,000 to 5,000 hryvnias ($100 to $170) to leave the area.

“The Russians are trying to profit from armed pressure on Melitopol civilians. Russian soldiers at checkpoints are demanding that Melitopol residents who are trying to leave the city pay them between 3,000 and 5,000 hryvnias,” the Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration wrote on Telegram. The translation was provided by the Ukrainian media site Ukrainska Pravda.

“Those who do not have the money are fated to remain the terrorists’ hostages amid unemployment, shortages, and terror,” the military administration added.

They also reported instances of the Russian military personnel forcing Ukrainian vehicles passing through checkpoints to pay bribes in the nearby city of Enerhodar. The military administration said that the Russians in the Vasylvika checkpoint are demanding exorbitant amounts ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 hryvnia ($675 to $1,350) per vehicle.