It is reported that the Commissioner for Human Rights of Ukraine Liudmyla Denisova asked her Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova lists of Ukrainians who were forcibly deported to Russia.
According to Radio Svoboda, Denisova estimates the number of deported Ukrainians at half a million. According to her, the first 90,000 were taken from the territories of some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on February 18, before the start of a full-scale Russian invasion.
Denisova spoke about the stages of deportation. First, Ukrainians are taken to the so-called filtration camps in the Donetsk region. Then they are transported by buses to the Russian Taganrog. From there Ukrainians are transported across Russia to Omsk, Tomsk regions and Perm region by trains. There are cases of Ukrainians being taken to Sakhalin.
“Unfortunately, we do not have lists of these people. There are only isolated testimonies of relatives or the people themselves who called us on the hotline and reported that they were forcibly taken away and they are there in a kindergarten in Taganrog, sleeping on the floor… Well, all these horrors of their movements will continue as long as they have a connection, “said Denisova.
At the same time, she added, some time after crossing the border with Russia, the connection with the deportees is cut off, their phones are confiscated and they are given a certificate stating that they cannot leave the territory of the Russian Federation for two years.
It should also be added that the ombudsman asked her Russian colleague to check the conditions in which Ukrainian citizens are in Russia and to involve the International Committee of the Red Cross in cooperation to facilitate their return home. However, Denisova did not receive a response from Russian ombudsman’s office.