office Ukraine claimed on Saturday (23/4) that Russia forcibly deported 308 Mariupol citizens to Primorsky Krai in Russia’s Far East region. Of the 308 residents who were deported, 90 of them were children.
“Russia forcibly deported Ukrainian citizens from Mariupol to Primorsky Krai – 8,000 kilometers from their homeland,” Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a Telegram post.
According to Denisova, volunteers reported that a train carrying 308 Ukrainians from Mariupol arrived in the city of Nakhodka on Thursday (21/4). The train carried mothers, small children, people with disabilities, and students.
Denisova also included photos showing the arrival of Ukrainian citizens at the train station in her Telegram upload.
Russia’s local news portal in Vladivostok, vl.com, has also published pictures and videos showing refugees from Mariupol arriving by train.
Furthermore, Denisova claims Mariupol residents were sent by bus to temporary accommodation in the city of Wrangel. They are also expected to receive new documents that will allow them to work in Russia.
In the post, Denisova also stated that Russia had violated the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War.
“Russian occupation [di Mariupol] grossly violates the provisions of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, which prohibits the forced relocation or deportation of persons from occupied territories,” Denisova said.
Meanwhile, Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, also claimed that Russia deported 308 Mariupol residents to Vladivostok on Thursday (21/4).
This was confirmed by the upload of Mayor Mariopul who said that of the 308 residents who were deported, 90 of them were children.
“People were accommodated in schools and dormitories. Then it was planned to send them to various settlements in Primorsky Krai,” wrote the Telegram post for the Mayor of Mariupol.
As is well known, Russian troops now control most of Mariupol. Federal lawmaker from the Chechen Republic Adam Delimkhanov said Russia had succeeded in destroying the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
Adam Delimkhanov is mentioned as one of the commanders of the Chechen special forces that acted in Mariupol.
Citing Themoscowtimes.com, the leader of the pro-Russian Chechen, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted a video of Adam Delimkhanov’s statement on social media.
In the video, Delimkhanov wears combat uniforms with dozens of Chechen soldiers in front of the administrative building belonging to the Azovstal steel factory where Ukrainian troops continue to fight off Russian attacks.
President Vladimir Putin praised Mariupol’s release Thursday morning and ordered that the remaining Ukrainian troops be blockaded inside the steel plant.
“It can be said that the special operation to destroy and clean Mariupol was completed today,” Delimkhanov said in the video.
“President Vladimir Putin’s orders have been carried out,” he added.
Delimkhanov did not specify whether his statement meant that Putin and Kadyrov ordered the destruction of Mariupol.
On the attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in Mariupol City was very bad. Zelensky claimed about 120,000 civilians were barred from leaving the besieged city of Mariupol.
“The situation is difficult as you know. The situation is bad. We believe it has not changed since yesterday,” Zelensky said on Thursday (21/4).
“As you know several thousand people were trapped, including soldiers and civilians, mainly women and children. I also told my colleagues that almost 120,000 civilians were trapped in Mariupol according to our estimates,” he concluded.