Perhaps Russian officials and the occupation authorities are preparing a mass expulsion of Ukrainian citizens from the occupied territories to the Russian Federation.
US media giant Bloomberg reported that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued a government order on “revenue mobilization” in mid-December that included up to €2.5 billion in additional spending for what Moscow calls “possible resettlement” of the population. Kherson region in Russia.
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Irina Vereshuk, responded to the Russian government’s order, saying that Russian officials and occupation authorities may consider deporting more than 100,000 residents of the Kherson region to Russia, fearing that Russian forces will lose more territory in war-torn Ukraine.
Vereshchuk also said that an unknown number of Ukrainian citizens have been forcibly resettled by Russian authorities to 57 regions of Russia, including the Far East and Siberia.
Deportation in wartime
SIE continues to believe that the forcible deportation of Ukrainian nationals to the Russian Federation likely amounts to a campaign of deliberate ethnic cleansing, as well as clear violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Murder. Genocide.
The research center says that the Russian occupation authorities are struggling to force residents of the occupied territories to accept Russian passports.
Mass deportation to Ukraine
According to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk, Russia continues to resettle Ukrainian citizens.
The appointed regional governor of Zaporizhzhia in Russia, Yevhen Paletsky, reported that the Russian authorities were looking for more staff to work at the Zaporizhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), as about 1,500 ZNPP workers refused to accept Russian passports and sign a contract with Rosatom Nuclear Power. The factory will obtain ZNPP access permits.
In addition, SIE said that Russian authorities continue to import Russian citizens to work in civilian roles in occupied territories.
The Kremlin has not commented on reports of forced deportation or “liquidation” of Ukrainian citizens to Russia.