Russia has waged all-out war on Ukraine for nearly six months, As many as 1.6 million Ukrainians are forcibly brought to Russia So far, Ukrainian authorities have said Russian forces are now using civilians as cannon fodder on the front lines and feigning shelling to trick them into crossing the border.
Just this week, Ukrainian authorities in Kozacha Lopan, a village occupied by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, Say Local residents were forced to “evacuate” to Russia’s Belgorod region after being tricked into boarding a bus by soldiers who told them they had to leave to avoid “heavy shelling” in the area. Authorities said there was no such shelling.
In the occupied Luhansk region, the authorities Say This week alone, 80 civilians in the city of Starobirsk were forcibly sent to the front lines to die for the Russian army that violently controlled the area.
According to a new report detailing Russia’s “filtering” of its network of refugee camps, it’s all part of a “Kafkaesque system” established by Russia to systematically eliminate hundreds of thousands of citizens by forcibly “Russification” Ukrainian population.
Moscow brought Franz Kafka’s nightmarish fictional world to life, instilling an unbelievable lie in Ukrainians with no escape.
The Center for Information Resilience, a nonprofit that uses open source intelligence to track Russian activity in Ukraine, has compiled a new dossier on a network of camps and temporary accommodation centers — shared with The Daily Beast — which Moscow is exploiting The online kidnapping of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians is obvious.
“Ukrainian refugees face the illusion of choice from the moment they are captured until their involuntary settlement on Russian soil. They are trapped in a Kafkaesque system that works against them. Their forced displacement is just The beginning of the war’s long-term effects on the Ukrainian population. From capture to forcible entry into Russian territory, the invading forces were under constant surveillance, with no safe way to escape a process where one wrong answer could cost them their lives,” the report reads.
Throughout the five-month war, Russian troops routinely fired on evacuation buses transporting residents to the safety of Ukrainian-controlled territory, blocked roads to prevent such evacuations, and in other cases captured fleeing Ukrainians, using them for In a promotional video of the Russian media, the report states. In one case, Ukrainian history teacher Mikhail Pankov, who worked as an evacuation bus driver, was captured by Russian troops and then appeared blindfolded in a Russian TV segment that claimed he was in Russia Detained on the territory allegedly performing as an observer for the Ukrainian army.
“I beg you, please give me back my dad. We did badly without him, we miss him. Please give me back my dad,” Pankov’s 12-year-old daughter posted on social media after her arrest in May pleaded in a harrowing video above.
The 30-page report by the Center for Information Resilience also identified the locations of 11 “filtering” camps in the occupied Donetsk region. While Russia claims the camps are just “checkpoints” for refugees hoping to find safety, arriving refugees are often surrounded by heavily armed Russian troops and greeted by FSB agents.
Ominously, footage shot secretly at a Donetsk camp shows hundreds of Ukrainian men being held captive despite passing through a Russian “filtering” process.
A man detained in the same building, who filmed the video and shared it on Telegram, said he had heard the Russians supervising the captives say they had not yet decided whether to make them fight for the Russian army. , or “for the demolition of Mariupol rubble,” the report said.
“While in Russian custody, many refugees reported experiencing intense interrogations, often verbal abuse, threats or actual physical attacks. Some were reportedly never seen again at all.”
In many other cases, those who experienced Russian “filtering” programs described being blackmailed for bribes, or that their phones were confiscated by Russian interrogators only to have them reinstall a newly installed program to track their activities .
Journalist Stanislav Miroshnichenko describes the process current time tv in mid-June. “One of the guys I was talking to saw a program on his phone. It was a certain file, uploaded to his phone via bluetooth. In my opinion, this is called a ‘Ministry of Internal Affairs wiretap’. I asked Did he ever try to delete the program from the phone. He replied that after he left, he turned off the phone and didn’t use it. He didn’t know how to delete it,” he said.
Those who passed were then reportedly transported deep into Russia, where they reported additional interrogations, before being met by Russian state media in a temporary accommodation center, urging them to praise Moscow’s so-called humanitarian efforts against the refugees.
Russia’s Voronezh, Rostov, and Krasnodar regions are said to be the settlements for most of the expelled Ukrainians, who often get promised jobs, pay, and housing that they never get — or “free” land”, which turned out to be deep in the wilderness, lush with trees and swamps.
“Trapped in a system that forces them to go to Russia, while presenting the illusion of choice, most will have no money, connections or even mobility to try to escape,” the report states.
Many refugees also find that their new residences in Russia come with onerous conditions attached. While Russian authorities issued 10,000 rubles (about $175) to arriving Ukrainian families, they had to pay more than half if they wanted to stay.
“They complained that they received a one-time payment of 10,000 and paid 6,000 for it [mandatory] Russian exam,” a Russian woman working with refugees told The Daily Beast.
“In all [the families I’ve worked with]only one person supports Putin,” she said on condition of anonymity.
Perhaps worst of all, thousands of children are being swept up in Russia’s mass kidnapping program – many of them dubbed “orphans” and adopted by new Russian families, Vladimir Putin and his Child Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova. Already blatantly gushing.
While Russian state media has been enthusiastic about the Kremlin’s so-called “humanitarian” efforts to accept Ukrainian children they say have been rescued from orphanages near the front lines, Ukrainian authorities say they have snatched so-called “orphans”, especially in Mariupol, actually deprived from their family.
“Among those who were brought to the Russian Federation were new orphans who lost their parents to the war, as well as children from separated families. We know some cases where children were simply taken away from their parents,” said the mayor of Ukraine, Mariupol. Assistant Pyotr Andyushchenko said, Say in late June.
“We are convinced that this is just part of a ‘denazification’ aimed at removing as many Ukrainian children as possible from the Ukrainian population. We fully understand that after what happened in Mariupol, if the child goes through the adoption process within two or three years, Given their age, it is difficult to find their parents, and they themselves do not remember them,” Andrei Shchenko said.
independent news media Vestka It was reported in late June that hundreds of unaccompanied Ukrainian children had been taken to a sports complex in Taganrog, Russia’s Rostov region. Some of these children were later transferred to the Moscow region, where they were handed over to Russian families.
The Information Resilience Centre geolocated the temporary temporary accommodation centre for children in Taganrog, identifying it as the Dvorets Sports Centre. According to their report, in mid-March, a third of the refugees held at the centre were between the ages of 3 and 10.
The families of thousands of Ukrainian children who went missing in the chaotic early days of Russia’s full-scale invasion are still searching for their children months later.
The most harrowing examples are Tatyana and Yelena, two grandmothers from Mariupol. Their toddler granddaughter, Nastya, disappeared along with her parents on March 12 when the city was reportedly heavily shelled. VestkaThe building where Nastya lived with her parents (Tatyana and Yelena’s daughter and son) burned down after the direct hit, but their bodies were not found in the wreckage.
Five months later, Tatyana told Verstka that she had found a little girl she was convinced Nastya was described as an “orphan” in footage broadcast by Russian state media last month that showed the Ukrainian child who allegedly lost an entire family being killed. New Russian family they adopted near Moscow.
She recalled her husband searching the house for sedatives to calm her down. After sending the footage to Yelena, she also agreed to be the missing granddaughter.
But Tatyana said the long-awaited meeting was a disappointment after weeks of haggling with Russian authorities to verify the identity of the little girl. Although Russian authorities did not agree to take the girl in person, they provided photos and videos of her, which were checked by family and friends who knew her well.
“Not Nastya. They can’t make mistakes. Not her nose, not her big blue eyes,” Tatyana was quoted as saying.
She and Elena now continue their search for their children and granddaughters, Tatyana recalls, refusing to pick flowers like other children, believing that buds and flowers are for a complete family.
“She thought the mother would get hurt, and the children — the flowers — would get hurt. If they were separated, the buds would die.”