‘Thousands’ of Ukrainian children forcibly deported to Russia in July, US security official says – WGMD

Thousands of children were forcibly expelled from Ukraine in Russia in July as part of Moscow’s “filtration” operation, a US security official said on Thursday.

“The United States has information that during the month of July, thousands of children were transferred from Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine to Russia,” said the American ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Carpenter, to the incumbents. Council, including Russia. “Some of these children do not have identity papers or information on the whereabouts of their parents.”

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Carpenter took direct aim at Russia in his fiery speech and said these children “have been torn from their families” by the same government whose “representatives sit here at this table spouting endless lies and propaganda.”

The ambassador’s comments come as Ukrainian occupying forces plan to hold “referendums” this week in four regions, including Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia. and Kherson in an attempt at annexation parts of Ukraine.

Western and Kyiv officials slammed the push as a falsified attempt to justify Russia’s illegal invasion that left tens of thousands dead and millions displaced, including around 6 million who fled across neighboring borders, while 7 million would be internally displaced.

Carpenter said Russia’s pressure to hold “a sham” referendums are nothing new and pointed to actions taken by Moscow in 2014 after its invasion of Crimea and subsequent elections, which reportedly showed around 97% of voters supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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Later reports showed that only 30% Crimean are believed to have voted, and only 15% actually supported Crimea joining Russia.

“We know… that Russia has almost no support in southern and eastern Ukraine and is now driven out of that territory,” Carpenter said.

The ambassador said Russia’s filtering operation was a “social engineering” scheme to enable the proxy authorities to crack down on opposition and dissent in occupied areas of Ukraine.

Reports of arbitrary detentions, torture and deportations have surfaced since the onslaught of war, and unoccupied towns in northern Ukraine have shown further signs of gross human rights violations.

Carpenter said the United States would never recognize “cheap parodies of the electoral process.”

“We must all continue to make it clear that such propaganda stunts will never be recognized as legitimate,” he added.

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