Russia is kidnapping civilians in the besieged city of Mariupol and transporting them across the border to “filtration camps,” Ukrainian politicians have claimed.
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Civilians in the southeastern city that a relentless air raids in recent weeks, have their documents and phones checked by invading troops before being put on trains “to distant parts of Russia to work for free,” Inna Sovsun told Times Radio. “That’s the logic of Nazi Germany,” she said.
Just days after Russia destroyed a theater protecting children from the bombing campaign, the allegation that Moscow was committing “war crimes and genocide” has lent weight as fighting in Mariupol had “reached a new intensity”. The times called.
Justify the invasion, Vladimir Putin groundlessly claimed that Ukraine was committing its own genocide against Russian speakers in the separatist-held areas of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk. But while the Kremlin could not provide any evidence to support the claim, there was testimony The level of detail of Russian war crimes is increasing.
Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, told Sky News yesterday. Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “It is really important that all political leaders around the world remain united and form the anti-war coalition. Only this joint effort will allow us to prevent this massive genocide and murder in the 21st century.”
When asked by Ridge if, in her opinion, a genocide against the Ukrainians was already underway, Stefanishyna replied, “I absolutely believe it. I am a lawyer myself and I am committed to the implementation of the decision.”
She knew of “women who were raped for hours and then murdered,” she added. “Ukraine will resist for as long as it takes to ensure that no terror, no mass murder, no genocide is committed in this country 21st century.”
Her warning came as Sovsun told Times Radio that Russian troops were “taking Ukrainian citizens” and “sending them through so-called filtration camps.” She added that civilians are “forced to sign papers [saying] that they will stay in that area for two or three years and work there for free”.
Asked if she was describing a system in which Ukrainians are being forced into “slave labour”, the deputy leader of the pro-European Holos party replied: “It is, yes.”
Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman, has also warned of crimes against humanity after authorities said a Russian tank fired on an old people’s home, killing 56 people.
She warned that 15 survivors had been kidnapped by Russian troops and deported across the border, writing in a social media post: “Today, another terrible crime against humanity committed by the racist occupying forces came to light. It is still impossible to get to the place of the tragedy to bury the dead old people.”
“Terror to Remember”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the UN, said what the demand for forced deportations was CNN: “I’ve only heard it, I can’t confirm it, but I can say it’s disturbing. It is unscrupulous that Russia is pushing Ukrainian citizens into Russia and putting them in concentration and prison camps.
“That’s something we need to check. Russia should not bring Ukrainian citizens to Russia against their will.”
Accordingly The TelegraphRussian state media have confirmed the transport of at least 480 Ukrainians, claiming they were being “rescued” and broadcasting images “thanking Russian forces for their rescue.”
In a move in which the Russians are “borrowing from Nazi playbooks,” the newspaper said the civilians were seen “disembarking hundreds of miles away in the Russian city of Yaroslavl from a train carrying “sacks of belongings, dazed children and confused pets”. , north of Moscow”.
In a statement, Vadym Boichenko, Mayor of Mariupol, said: “What the occupiers are doing today is familiar to the older generation who saw the horrific events of World War II, when the Nazis forcibly captured people. It is hard to imagine that people can be forcibly taken to another country in the 21st century.”
A local official told The Telegraph that Russia is “sending Mariupol residents to filtration camps, checking their phones and confiscating their Ukrainian documents.”
The warnings came as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the siege of the port city of Mariupol “a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come.”
“Starving to Surrender”
Rescue workers are searching “the rubble of a school bombed by Russian forces as fighting reached the city centre,” according to the Times. “The school is believed to have housed around 400 people,” but “it is not known how many were killed or injured.”
As attacks on civilians in Mariupol intensify, “a Ukrainian MP has accused Russia of trying to starve the city” “in order to surrender.” BBC reported. Dmytro Gurin told the channel that Russia refuses to “open humanitarian corridors” and “does not allow humanitarian convoys to enter the city.”
“We now see clearly that the Russians’ aim is to start [create] hunger [in the city] to impose their position in the diplomatic process, and if the city doesn’t surrender, and the city won’t surrender, they won’t let the people out,” he warned.
His comment came after the city rejected a Russian deadline demanding that its “defenders lay down their arms in exchange for safe passage out of the city,” the BBC said.
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