Invaders abducting women with newborns, doctors from Mariupol to occupied Donbas, Russia

30 March, 04:15 PM
Russia is forcibly deporting Ukrainians to Russia (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters)

Russia is forcibly deporting Ukrainians to Russia (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters)

Russian invaders are forcibly abducting women with newborns and doctors from the besieged port city of Mariupol to the occupied territories of the Donbas or Russia, Parliamentary Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova said on her Telegram channel on March 30.

She said the invaders had already kidnapped over 70 people out of maternity hospital No. 2 in the Livoberezhnyi district of Mariupol.

Due to such actions, Denisova has called on the world community to respond the kidnappings by increasing sanctions pressure to force the aggressor to return the Ukrainian hostages.

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"Such enemy actions threaten the life and health of women and newborns, and violate their right to life, freedom and personal integrity, guaranteed by Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," she added.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko has also confirmed that people had been kidnapped by Russia from Mariupol.

He said the invaders had also abducted Kira Obedynska, the 12-year-old daughter of water polo champion Yevhen Obedynskyi, who was killed in Mariupol, to the occupied city of Donetsk.

"After the death of her father, Kira was left an orphan, since she had lost her mother in infancy," Kyrylenko said.

"Kira is in Donetsk now, she was deported there along with the people with whom she was hiding in a shelter. There is information that the Russians took the documents from all those with Kira. They promised to issue new Russian documents and deport them to Russia in the future."

The governor added that the girl has relatives in Ukraine. Her grandfather, Honored Water Polo Coach of Ukraine Oleksandr Obedynskyi is ready to take her into his home.

Denisova said that the Russian invaders had already abducted almost 500,000 people from the temporarily occupied territories.

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