Local Russian officials in Pskov are now sending Ukrainians from Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, back from Russia to Ukraine, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko said in a Telegram post on Aug. 15.
“First report of reverse deportation: Mariupol residents are being sent back home from Russia’s Pskov, where they became a problem for the local government,” said Andriushchenko.
According to him, 60 people from Mariupol were told to board a train to Rostov-on-Don, where they will be picked by Moscow’s Donbas proxies and “escorted” home.
Most don’t have a home in Mariupol to come back to anymore, Andriushchenko said. People will have to choose between living in the streets and squatting in someone else’s homes.
Moscow is conducting large-scale “filtration” and deportation of Ukrainians from occupied territories to Russia.
UK newspaper the Independent earlier reported that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has ordered nearly 100,000 Ukrainians forcibly deported to far-flung and sparsely-populated Russian regions – such as Siberia.
Ukrainian Deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk said on June 20 that the Kremlin has deported as many as 1.2 million Ukrainians to Russia, including 240,000 children.