US calls on Russia to immediately halt filtration, deportation of Ukrainians

26 August, 11:18 AM
A man in Mariupol, May 20 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

A man in Mariupol, May 20 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The U.S. State Department on Aug. 25 again called on Russia to immediately halt its “filtration” and forced deportations of Ukrainians in the occupied territories.

“We again call on Russia to immediately halt its filtration operations and forced deportations and to provide outside independent observers access to identified facilities and forced deportation relocation areas within Russia-controlled areas of Ukraine and inside Russia itself,” the State Department said in a report.

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It said the United States calls for the documentation, verification, and dissemination of information regarding the actions of the Russian government. As such, the U.S. State Department-supported Conflict Observatory program will be provided with an additional $9 million through the European Democratic Resilience Initiative.

The Reuters news agency reported on Aug. 25 that according to a new report by Yale University researchers backed by the U.S. State Department, Russia and its proxy forces in Ukraine are operating 21 locations used to detain, interrogate, and process prisoners of war and civilians.

The report cites commercial satellite imagery and open-source information to identify with “high confidence” the separate locations – including facilities that previously served as schools, markets, and regular prisons.

The report also notes the presence of disturbed areas of earth near facilities that could be signs of mass graves.

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