The deputy mayor of the besieged city of Mariupol claimed tens of thousands of people had been kidnapped and deported to Russia, where they were being forced to do “forced labour”.
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Russian troops have kidnapped tens of thousands of Ukrainians who are being forced across the border to do “forced labor,” sources say.
Vladimir Putin’s forces have been accused of a war crime after reports of civilians being forced to leave the city of Mariupol – which means children are forcibly separated from their parents.
The port city was devastated by weeks of heavy bombardment and now claimed that Russian soldiers had stormed into basements where people were hiding and told them to leave in 15 minutes.
Segei Orlov, deputy mayor of Mariupol, said if they refused, their buildings would be destroyed and families would be left “buried”.
He said he had been told up to 40,000 people would be brought to Russia to work for the state in “depressed areas”.
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Mr. Orlov said the sun : “Russian troops rush into basements and basements where our people hide like frightened mice, telling them: ‘You have 15 minutes to go.’
“If they refuse to come out, the buildings will be destroyed and families will be buried.
“We have contacted people who have told us what is happening – they are being picked up to Russia to work for the state in crisis areas.”
He described it as “forced labor” and said civilians were forced to work for Russia to survive.
Mr Orlov also claimed that children are being separated from their parents when they are taken out of town and said hundreds of youngsters “from kindergarten age” are being held at a hospital in Donetsk.
He said Russia is “trying everything to break us”.
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The United Nations has confirmed 1,119 civilian deaths and 1,790 injured across Ukraine – but says the real number is likely to be higher.
Yesterday Ukraine announced that 139 children have been killed and more than 205 injured in the conflict so far.
Mariupol, which lies between Crimea and eastern areas held by Russian-backed separatists, has been devastated by weeks of heavy bombardment.
Thousands of residents live in basements with scarce water, food, medicine or electricity.
The Ukrainian president is ready to meet with Moscow on some of his demands if Russian troops pull out of the country, he has revealed.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy told a group of independent Russian journalists on Sunday that Kyiv was ready to go neutral and meet with Moscow on some of its demands.
It would abandon its bid to join NATO and pledge not to develop nuclear weapons on the basis that Russia would withdraw troops and give security guarantees to Kyiv.
No peace deal is possible without a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops, he said, although he ruled out trying to retake all Russian-held territory by force, saying it “would lead to a third world war.”
The goal is to reach a “compromise” over the eastern Donbass region, which has been held by Russian-backed forces since 2014.
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