Ukrainians ‘forcibly removed to Russian labour camps’

Ukrainians were ‘forcibly removed to Russian labour camps’, according to reports. The city council in Ukraine’s Mariupol has said that residents have been taken and forced to go to Russia against their will.

On Saturday, March 19, the Mariupol City Council revealed that residents were being forcibly taken from Mariupol, according to CNN.

Thousands of residents are said to have been taken already by Russian forces. City officials commented: “Over the past week, several thousand Mariupol residents have been taken to Russian territory,”

“The occupiers illegally took people from the Livoberezhny district and from the shelter in the sports club building, where more than a thousand people (mostly women and children) were hiding from the constant bombing.”

The residents were taken into Russia where they had documents and phones checked by Russian soldiers. Reportedly some of the residents were then taken to other areas. According to the Mariupol officials the: “fate of the others is unknown.”

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko commented: “What the occupiers are doing today is familiar to the older generation, who saw the horrific events of World War II, when the Nazis forcibly captured people,”

“It is hard to imagine that in the 21st century people can be forcibly taken to another country.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, America’s ambassador to the UN commented on the allegations and said: “I’ve only heard it. I can’t confirm it,

“But I can say it is disturbing. It is unconscionable for Russia to force Ukrainian citizens into Russia and put them in what will basically be concentration and prisoner camps.”

Speaking to CNN Major Denis Prokopenko from the National Guard Azov Regiment commented on the relentless attacks on the city. He said: “Usually, Mariupol is under fire during the whole day and night. Sometimes there (are) 30 minutes of silence, but then the city is again under attack (from) tanks, artillery, multiple rockets, and (aircraft) like bombers and helicopters.”

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