The Mariupol Mayor’s Advisor confirmed he had heard that Russians intend to use captured civilians for a twisted “prisoner parade” on March 9
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Desperate Russian commanders are planning to dress captured Ukrainian civilians in military uniforms to pose as prisoners of war, an official has claimed.
Moscow’s troops have reportedly discussed the sick disguise ploy to fake their May 9 Victory Day celebrations – a key date in Russian military tradition.
Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the Mariupol mayor, confirmed that he had heard reports that Russians plan to dress civilians in Ukrainian army uniforms for a twisted “prisoner parade”.
Hundreds of civilians and more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops desperately putting up a last-ditch stand against the besieged Azovstal Steel Works in Mariupol come amid mounting fears.
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Andryushchenko said many of Mariupol’s men were forcibly removed and separated from women and children after fleeing the strategic city.
He also indicated that he had heard of Russian plans to dress up Ukrainian civilians as prisoners of war for the May 9 parade marking a 1945 Soviet victory against Nazi Germany.
He said: “Men were forcibly arrested without being allowed to leave without a convoy of Russian troops.
“Conditions are terrible – people are forced to sleep on the floor in the corridors. Medical care is not provided.
“As for the future, the occupiers emphasize that they have not yet decided whether to use the people as workers or to mobilize them as prisoners in the army.
“Why would they be dressed up as Ukrainian soldiers?”
Russian forces have stepped up brutal shelling of captured troops and civilians at the Azovstal Steel Works in Mariupol while the defenders are in underground tunnel complexes.
They have defended the huge industrial complex for weeks despite being repeatedly attacked and pushed back by Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy warned that women and children who are underground must now be dug out of the rubble under which they are buried alive.
He said: “It takes time to just lift people out of these basements, out of underground shelters.
“Under the current conditions, we cannot use special equipment to clear the debris.
“Everything is done manually, but we believe that everything will work out.”
Russian forces have vowed to allow a ceasefire to allow an attempt to rescue Mariupol’s remaining trapped civilians.
But Ukraine’s attempts to evacuate affected civilians have been repeatedly thwarted because Russia has withdrawn its ceasefire promises.
According to Kyiv, 221 Ukrainian children were killed and 408 injured in the invasion.
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