The civilians were allegedly taken to “filtration camps,” which the city’s mayor likened to WWII-era concentration camps, where Russian forces allegedly confiscated their phones and documents before transporting them to other “remote towns in Russia.” according to reports Saturday in the Kyiv Independent newspaper and the news site Ukrinform.
The news came from the Mariupol City Council in a statement published on the messaging app Telegramaccording to Ukrinform.
“Over the past week, several thousand residents of Mariupol have been transferred to Russian territory,” the press release said. “The occupiers illegally expelled people from the Levoberezhny district and an air-raid shelter in a sports club building where more than a thousand people (mostly women and children) were hiding from the constant bombing.”
The press release goes on to describe how the Ukrainian military “withdrew from crowded places” to avoid attracting enemy bombing.
City officials likened the situation to Nazi concentration camps.
“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,” said Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko’s press release.
“It is hard to imagine that people can be forcibly transferred to another country in the 21st century. Not only are Russian troops destroying our peaceful Mariupol, they have gone even further and started expelling the residents of Mariupol. All war crimes committed by Russia must receive the harshest punishment.”
Mariupol has suffered some of the worst Russian shelling since the war began on February 24. More than 300,000 people are trapped in the city without power and dwindling food supplies. Civilians, including children, have been hiding in a theater bombed by Russian forces.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/19/thousands-of-ukrainians-forcibly-taken-to-russian-camps-reports/ Thousands of Ukrainians ‘forced’ into Russian camps: reports