Over one million Ukrainians have been "evacuated" from Ukraine and the occupied territories of the Donbas since the beginning of the war, the head of Russia's National Defense Management Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on April 27.
Speaking to Russian propaganda news agency RIA Novosti, Mizintsev said that Russia "evacuated" 16,480 people, including 3,354 children, over the past day "without the participation of the Ukrainian authorities."
In total, 1,002,429 people, including 183,168 children, have been deported by Russia since the beginning of the full-scale war, according to Russian figures.
Mizintsev claimed more than 2.75 million foreigners and Ukrainians "asked to evacuate" them to Russia, to the Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, and to Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson oblasts.
On March 27, Ukrainian Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova said that the Russian invaders were carrying out a mass deportation of the population from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
She said that the scale of the forced relocation could only be compared to the deportation carried out by (German dictator Adolf) Hitler during the Second World War.
Denisova added that Russia was cynically and brutally violating Article 49 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.