The US believes Russia plans to “create a more compliant population” in part by processing Ukrainians through camps, an official says

The US believes Russia plans to “create a more compliant population” in part by processing Ukrainians through camps, an official says

The US has noted that Russian forces have developed a plan to “create a more compliant population” in regions of Ukraine, in part by forcibly relocating civilians, according to the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ). said Thursday.

In Thursday’s speech, OSCE Ambassador Michael Carpenter said the US believed Russian forces had “relocated at least several thousand Ukrainians for processing” to so-called “filtration camps” and also “relocated at least tens of thousands more to Russia or Russia.” controlled area.”

Carpenter’s description of the internment camps included an explanation of why they are called filtration camps.

“Numerous eyewitness accounts indicate that ‘filtering’ involves beating and torturing individuals to determine whether they owe the slightest allegiance to the Ukrainian state,” he said. “According to these reports, those believed to be so loyal are being transferred to the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic,’ where a dark fate awaits them.”

Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk, two regions that share a border with Russia, saw one unrelenting military offensivewhile troops race through small towns en route to the strategic cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

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A Ukrainian soldier walks towards a destroyed house in the village of Yatskivka in eastern Ukraine, April 16, 2022.

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Carpenter quoted a survivor of Russian processing as saying that those who failed the “filtration” process were shot. And he pointed to satellite images showing some of these makeshift camps in south-eastern Ukraine.

“Victims describe an invasive and humiliating inspection process at these centers,” he said. “Russia’s soldiers photograph victims from different angles, take fingerprints and physically examine them for tattoos, inspect their cell phones and download their contacts and data to devices, and record their biographical information in a variety of databases. Some victims report being interrogated by suspected Russian intelligence officials. In some cases, Russian soldiers confiscated passports, identity documents and cell phones altogether.”

“As Russia well knows, forcibly evicting or relocating civilians would violate international humanitarian law – but as we have seen, the Kremlin treats international law with absolute contempt,” he added.

In his speech on Thursday, Carpenter also condemned Russia’s “vicious and brutal military campaign” and said Russian forces were removing elected officials from local offices. He cited “very credible” reports that these officers were “kidnapped, detained, disappeared and sometimes killed.”

“In their place, according to these reports, Russia is putting its puppets and proxies, who, like their counterparts in the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk, operate in the style of a local mafia and rely on violence and terror,” said Tischler.

He said the US was particularly concerned about Kherson, where Russia has reportedly installed a pro-Russian “puppet administration” and ordered the use of Russia’s currency, the ruble. Carpenter also said that Russia’s actions “increasingly suggest” that Russia may move to annex the region.

The news comes as Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said the legislature that the US believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing for “an ongoing conflict in Ukraine”.

Haines said Putin likely believes that Russia has a “greater ability and willingness to endure challenges” than Ukraine – but also said that if his belief does not match the capabilities of the Russian army, there is a risk of a “more unpredictable and potentially escalating development” there is a conflict.

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