(ANSA) – ROME, 01 SEPT – With a 71-page report published today, Human Rights Watch documents the mandatory security screenings (filtrations) and forced transfers of Ukrainian civilians to Russia or to areas occupied by Moscow, recalling that these transfers constitute war crimes and potential crimes against humanity.
The non-governmental organization made the accusations after hearing the words of dozens of people who fled the fighting in the areas of Mariupol or Kharkiv, in the south and east of Ukraine, invaded by Russian troops and separatists. According to reports, “many of those displaced to Russia were fleeing the besieged port city of Mariupol”.
Although the total number of Ukrainian civilians transferred to Russia “remains uncertain,” the organization explains, “many have been displaced and transported in a way and context that makes them illegal forced transfers.” In mid-August, Russian media reported that over 3.4 million Ukrainians had entered Russia from Ukraine, including 555,000 children. (HANDLE).
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