The Russian military has deported hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians to Russia since invading at the end of February, including nearly a quarter of a million children.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak provided details on the forced deportations of Ukrainians during the opening of the "Russian War Crimes House" exhibition in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum is occurring.
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He said that as of Saturday, the Russians had deported more than 232,000 children, including more than 2,000 orphans, citing Russian sources, according to Interfax, though he did not specify a total number of deportations. Yermak also alleged that the Russian government is working to simplify the adoption process for Russian families to adopt these children.
At the beginning of May, the mayor of Mariupol, one of the hardest-hit cities in the war because it holds strategic significance to the Kremlin, said the Russians had deported nearly 40,000 Ukrainians from his city to Russia.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe released a report in mid-April that alleged Russian troops had deported approximately 500,000 civilians from Ukraine to Russia, where they then were brought to “filtration camps in Russia near the Ukrainian border," but it's unclear how that number has grown since then.
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The OSCE investigators noted that “if (some of) these deportations were forcible (including because Russia created a coercive environment in which those civilians had no other choice than to leave Russia) and as they necessarily concern civilians who had fallen into the power of Russia as an occupying power, this violates in each case [international humanitarian law] and constitutes a war crime.”
The Ukrainian prosecutor general said on Monday during a Washington Post event that there are more than 13,000 cases of alleged war crimes and already over 50 suspects.