The US claims that “tens of thousands” of Ukrainians sent to Russian territories: “Everyone is afraid of being taken to Dontesk”

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A senior US official overseeing security in Europe warned Thursday that “tens of thousands” of Ukrainians have been. forcibly sent in “filtration camps” or deportees territories controlled by Russia in the past three months.

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

A soldier of the Russian Rosguard (National Guard) with a letter Z attached, which has become a symbol of the Russian army, stands guard during the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place in Dvortsovaya Square (Palace) on the 9th. May to celebrate 77 years after the victory in World War II in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

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

UN SAYS RUSSIAN FORCES IN MARIUPOL KILLED “THOUSANDS” OF CIVILIANS, INVESTIGATIONS ARE IN PROGRESS

“Although the Kremlin has clearly failed in its efforts to subjugate the entire Ukrainian nation and take its capital in a swift beheading attack, Russia’s plan to take over the southeastern regions of Ukraine is moving forward,” he said. “This effort includes a plan to design a more flexible population in these regions.”

Carpenter said the United States has estimated that Russian troops have forced thousands of people into “filter camps” where their identification documents are collected and underwent “invasive and humiliating” screening processes.

Victims described being forced to provide their fingerprints and take off their clothes so they could be inspected for scars, tattoos or other distinguishing features registered by Russian troops.

Their cell phones are taken from them, their contacts and information are then downloaded, and their personal bio information is recorded on “a variety of databases,” he said.

Some of the victims were reportedly interrogated by Russian officials.

Carpenter said many of these camps have been set up all over southern Ukraine and are also referred to as “registration camps” into which Ukrainian citizens are sent before being forcibly deported to Russian territories.

Russian army soldiers stand next to their trucks during an anti-Russian occupation demonstration in Svobody (Freedom) Square in Kherson, Ukraine on Monday, March 7, 2022. Since Russian forces have taken the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to the early March, residents perceived the occupants had a special plan for their city.

Russian army soldiers stand next to their trucks during an anti-Russian occupation demonstration in Svobody (Freedom) Square in Kherson, Ukraine on Monday, March 7, 2022. Since Russian forces have taken the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to the early March, residents perceived the occupants had a special plan for their city.
(Photo AP / Olexandr Chornyi)

FORCES SUPPORTED BY THE RUSSIAN REJECT THE EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS FOR SOLDIERS TRAPPED IN THE STEEL FACTORY OF MARIUPOL

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

One survivor described how their bodies along with “women’s panties” were inspected on arrival, while another 17-year-old girl described how she was threatened with sexual assault.

“My legs started shaking when a soldier said he was lying on a mattress [to another soldier]: ‘You do not like it? There will be more women later. We’ll find something, “Carpenter said of his story. His father was reportedly beaten” for no apparent reason “before they could leave the camp.

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

“If a person was suspected of being a ‘Ukrainian Nazi’, he would take them to Donetsk for further investigation or murder … Everyone was afraid of being taken to Donetsk,” Carpenter said, recounting a victim’s account of their experience.

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

Ukrainians pay tribute to three fallen 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 being “filtered” out of Mariupol with her family.

“What did you do with people who didn’t pass filtration?” one Russian soldier asked another. The second soldier said: “He shot 10 and stopped counting”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said more than 1 million people have been “transferred” from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the war at the end of February.