Ukrainian officials are releasing new horrific information about the devastating attacks by the Russian invasion, including how people are being deported to “remote cities in Russia.” Ukraine’s human rights spokesperson Lyudmyla Denisova said on Telegram that residents were being transported across the border to Russia.
A new round of bombings of targets that are sheltering civilians was also reported. The port city of Mariupol, which has already undergone extensive damage and lost electricity and power, continues to be hit in buildings knowingly being used for shelter, the most recent being an art school.
Denisova also relayed on Telegram that those who survived the bombings were being rounded up and transported “to a Russian city about 60 miles from Mariupol and then sent by train farther into the Russian interior” reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko compared the occurrence to Jews who were deported by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Another reference to the Holocaust was spoken by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself during a virtual address to lawmakers in Israel. “Our people are now wandering in the world, seeking security…as you once did,” said Zelensky to the lawmakers.
“What the occupiers are doing today is familiar to the older generation, who saw the horrific events of World War II” said Boychenko. Moscow’s assault on Mariupol “will go down in history” as a war crime, said Zelensky.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield could not confirm reports that individuals were being transported by train into Russia. She did tell CNN on Sunday that it would be “unconscionable for Russia to force Ukrainian citizens into Russia and put them in what will basically be concentration and prisoner camps.”