The British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said she is “appalled by Russian atrocities in Mariupol” and the “abduction and deportation of Ukrainians” being sent to “filtration camps” in Russia.
Truss has likened Russia’s actions to that of Nazi Germany after a Ukrainian MP said that men and women are being forced to relocate to “distant parts of Russia” and work in slave camps by the bus load.
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Truss said that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will be “held to account” for his treatment of civilians as the war now enters day 26.
The besieged city of Mariupol is in an humanitarian emergency as it is surrounded by Russian troops leaving residents trapped and without food or water.
Truss tweeted, “I am appalled by Russian atrocities in Mariupol, including attacks on schools sheltering civilians and the abduction and deportation of Ukrainians.
“Putin is resorting to desperate measures as he is not achieving his objectives.
“Putin and his regime will be held to account.”
Speaking to Times Radio, Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun said, “From what we know from the city mayor and the city council, is they are taking Ukrainian citizens.
“They are sending them through what are called the ‘filtration camps’ and then they are being relocated to very distant parts of Russia, where they are being forced to sign papers (saying) that they will stay in that area for two or three years and they will work for free in those areas.”
Sovsun agreed with Times Radio when it was put to her that what she was describing was “effectively slave labour” by Russia.