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Russian Media Report Arrival of More Than 60,000 Refugees from Occupied Territories of Donbas

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More than 60,000 residents of the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have already crossed the border with the Russian Federation. The occupying power “evacuates” people deep into Russia under the pretext of an offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As Russian media report with reference to acting minister of emergency situations of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Chupriyan, nine trains went to the regions of Russia over a day.

All the vacant places in resort houses and hotels meant for the accommodation of refugees in Taganrog and its suburbs were filled within two days. So, the geography of settlement began to expand.

Six regions of the Russian Federation – Rostov, Voronezh, Kursk, Penza, Saratov, and Volgograd regions – already declared a state of emergency due to people being evacuated from Donbas allegedly for the “operational reception of refugees.”

At the same time, the Ukrainian side believes that Russia is violating the rights of Ukrainian orphans and children deprived of parental care by forcibly “evacuating” them from social facilities in the temporarily occupied territories and deliberately putting their lives at risk.

This statement was made public by the press service of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova.

Earlier, she reported that some residents of the occupied territories, having entered the territory of Russia, were not properly accommodated. Women with children and elderly people stayed sleepless and without food in unheated buses for almost two days.

Ukraine’s Ombudsperson urged the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the international community to respond immediately to Russia’s violation of Article 49 of the Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War due to the illegal evacuation of Ukrainian citizens into the territory of the occupying power.

At the same time, Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov, referring to intelligence data, stated that some residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, evacuated to Russia, were returning home on their own. In Russia, “no one gives them food or accommodates them.” The official believes that this whole story of “evacuation” is a propaganda stunt.

Bohdan Marusyak

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