Russian forces are holding more than 10,000 residents of Mariupol in so-called “filtration camps”, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, stated at a briefing on July 19.
According to him, these are civil servants and municipal workers, whom the invaders have arrested and tortured.
“We have information that one of the civil servants couldn’t take the torture and died in prison,” Boychenko said.
“The Russians are putting pressure on the people of Mariupol to force cooperation, but the residents are refusing.”
Boychenko also added that in September, the invaders plan to start issuing Russian passports. – meaning that Ukrainian citizens may be forcefully made “Russian” and forced to fight their own countrymen.
Mariupol was been blockaded by Russian forces for over five months. The actions of the Russian military led to a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe in the city, leaving a hundred thou-sand people stranded without clean water, electricity, or medicine. The invaders bombed the city's residential areas and civilian infrastructure and blocked humanitarian aid, killing at least 25,000 residents.
Following the city’s capture, the Russian invaders began to carry out a “filtration” procedure in Mariupol itself and at the entrance to the city. Local residents were allowed into the city only after passing through the “filtration camps”, where reports say they are forced to prove their “loyalty” to Russia.