Russia “filters” Ukrainians in temporarily occupied territories

The Russian army is “filtering” Ukrainians in temporarily occupied or encircled Ukrainian territories, reports the Verkhovna Rada’s human rights commissioner, Liudmyla Denisova.

In a post on her Facebook page on Thursday, Denisova noted that information had been received from partner human rights organizations about a large network of places for “screening” Ukrainians.

“In the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, “filtration” is carried out in the city and district departments of the so-called Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR in Donetsk, Mariupol, Makiyivka, Starobesheve, Manhush, Bugas, Bezymianny, as well as in the filtering camps of Dokuchaivsk, Mykilske, Manhush, Yalta (Manhush district), in the remand center in Donetsk… where the filtering procedure is stricter,” said the Ombudsman in a press release.

According to Denisova, in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region, “filtration” is carried out in the city and district departments of the “Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR”, as well as in the “filtration camps” from the Perevalsky district of the Lugansk region, located on the basis of the former Chornukhinska penal colony No. 23.

The ombudsperson said Ukrainians who have voluntarily or forcibly left settlements where hostilities are taking place, or who have fallen under temporary occupation, are subject to “screening”. “This procedure is carried out before the forced deportation to the Russian Federation,” the Ombudsman said.

Denisova said that residents who have passports of the Russian Federation and the so-called LPR and DPR are not subject to “screening”.

“The purpose of ‘filtering’ is to conduct a census of the surviving population to clean up unreliable people in accordance with the lists of employees of state institutions, public services, ATO/JFO participants, Ukrainian activists provided by collaborators, and to check people for loyalty to the Russian authorities,” Denisova said.

According to her, as part of this procedure, Ukrainians are interrogated, their fingerprints are examined for tattoos, their cell phones are checked. Some people, as Denisova noted, have to wait for this procedure for several days.

“In case of passing the” filtration “, a person receives a” pass “, giving him the right to move on the territory of the self-proclaimed” LDPR “. Later, citizens of Ukraine are sent to regions disadvantaged people of Russia. At the same time, Ukrainians receive documents prohibiting leaving Russian regions for two years,” the Ombudsman said.

Denisova said that Ukrainians who have not passed “screening” are taken to an unknown direction, there is no information about them.

“Men of military age are placed in ‘filtration camps’, most often ATO/JFO members, former military and police officers, pro-Ukrainian activists. One of the objectives of the placing and keeping men in these ‘camps’ is to reenact the There, all men are subjected to torture and humiliation, are held in inhumane conditions,” said the Rada commissioner for rights of man.

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