US says ‘tens of thousands’ of Ukrainians sent to Russian territories: ‘Everyone is afraid of being taken to Dontesk’

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A senior US security official in Europe warned on Thursday that “tens of thousands” of Ukrainians have been forcibly sent to “filtration camps” or deported to Russian-held territories in the past three months.

US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSEC), Michael Carpenter, warned in a speech to the permanent council in Vienna that Russia’s goals in Ukraine were increasingly becoming a reality .

A Russian Rosguardia (National Guard) soldier with a letter Z attached, which has become a symbol of the Russian military, stands guard during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade that will take place in the square Dvortsovaya (Palace) on May 9 to celebrate 77 years after the victory of World War II in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday April 26, 2022.
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A Russian Rosguardia (National Guard) soldier with a letter Z attached, which has become a symbol of the Russian military, stands guard during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade that will take place in the square Dvortsovaya (Palace) on May 9 to celebrate 77 years after the victory of World War II in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday April 26, 2022.
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

UN SAYS RUSSIAN FORCES IN MARIUPOL KILLED ‘THOUSANDS’ OF CIVILIANS, INVESTIGATIONS REMAIN ON-GOING

“While the Kremlin has clearly failed in its efforts to subjugate the entire Ukrainian nation and seize control of its capital with a swift decapitation strike, Russia’s plan to seize control of the southeastern regions of Ukraine is moving forward,” he said. “This effort includes a plan to create a more flexible population in these areas.”

Carpenter said the United States has assessed that Russian troops have forced thousands of people into “filtration camps” where they are stripped of their identity papers and subjected to “invasive and humiliating” screening processes. “.

The victims described being forced to provide their fingerprints and remove their clothing, so they could be inspected for scars, tattoos or other defining characteristics that are recorded by Russian troops.

Their cellphones are taken from them, their contacts and information are then downloaded and their personal biographical information is saved on a “variety of databases”, he said.

Some victims were reportedly questioned by Russian officials.

Carpenter said several such encampments have been set up in southern Ukraine and are also called “registration camps” where Ukrainian citizens are sent before being forcibly deported to Russian territories.

Russian army soldiers stand next to their trucks during a rally against the Russian occupation at Svobody (Freedom) Square in Kherson, Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022. Since Russian forces took In the city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, in early March, residents sensed the occupiers had a particular plan for their city.

Russian army soldiers stand next to their trucks during a rally against the Russian occupation at Svobody (Freedom) Square in Kherson, Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022. Since Russian forces took In the city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, in early March, residents sensed the occupiers had a particular plan for their city.
(AP Photo/Olexandr Chornyi)

RUSSIAN-BACKED FORCES REJECT PRISONER EXCHANGE FOR SOLDIERS TRAPPED IN MARIUPOL STEEL FACTORY

Civilians who were able to escape from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol between 1 and 6 May were reportedly sent to these camps.

One survivor described how their bodies as well as “women’s underwear” were inspected upon arrival while another, a 17-year-old girl, described how she had been threatened with sexual violence.

“My legs started shaking when a soldier who was lying on a mattress said [to another soldier]: ‘You don’t like him? There will be more women later. We’ll find something,” Carpenter said as she told her story. Her father was allegedly beaten “for no apparent reason” before they could leave the camp.

Women who knew Ukrainian servicemen were reportedly told that they “would receive the men’s heads which would be sent back to them in boxes”.

“If a person was suspected of being a ‘Ukrainian Nazi’ they would take him to Donetsk for further investigation or murder… Everyone was afraid of being taken to Donetsk,” Carpenter said as he told the story. of a victim of his experience.

Ukrainians pay tribute to three soldiers killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainians pay tribute to three soldiers killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Another survivor said she overheard a conversation between two Russian soldiers as she was “filtered” outside Mariupol with her family.

“What did you do with the people who didn’t pass the filter? one Russian soldier asked another. The second soldier said, “You rolled 10 and you stopped counting.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that more than a million people had been “displaced” from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the war in late February.

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