Russia has been accused of kidnapping “some 84,000 children” and as of today “402,000, number of Ukrainians who have been taken from Ukraine” to the Russia.
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova told a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday that Russia has data on the forced removal of Ukraine civilians.
“We have information that the Russian occupiers are forcibly deporting our citizens from Mariupol, Volnovakha, Stanytsia Luhanska to the Russian Federation.
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“I have testimonies of those people who were taken out, their relatives,” she said.
She added, “For example, on the left bank of Mariupol. A 92-year-old woman, almost lying down, another 67-year-old woman and her husband were forced to board the bus.
“They were put on the bus and taken to Taganrog … Agents from Russia’s Federal Security Agency (FSB) worked with them.
“Today, the data from the Russian Federation was confirmed. Yesterday there were 366,000, and today 402,000, number of Ukrainians who have been taken from Ukraine to the Russian Federation. Some 84,000 are children.”
Denisova drew attention to the fact that it is impossible to know whether this figure is reliable and questioned if this is pure “Russian propaganda.”
She added, “Is this a Russian propaganda theory or is it really there,” the Commissioner for Human Rights added that this could be done “to create a propaganda picture.”
“These are citizens of Ukraine who lived on the territory of Ukraine, on the territory controlled by Ukraine,” Denisova said.
She claimed that Ukrainians are firstly sent to filtration camps in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine and they then sent to remote places or labour camps in Russia, if they have no family then they will end up in “filtration camps” in the country.
“The occupiers themselves are creating these” humanitarian corridors “… They are being taken to Omsk, Tomsk, Sakhalin,” she added.