Russia deported about 2 million citizens of Ukraine, – Ukraine’s President

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during an interview with the French TV channels TF1 and LCI on December 18, 2022, that Russian military deported approximately two million Ukrainians, including many children. Such actions are examples of war crimes.

Source: The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

“Different figures. The deportation ranged from 50,000 children to 200,000, whose names or surnames or other investigative data were recorded, or to several million people — women, children, and the elderly. We believe that in total up to 2 million Ukrainians, a large percentage of children were deported to Russia. Many children were taken hostage,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy explained.

According to the Ukrainian President, employees of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar were blackmailed by taking their children on a “vacation” to camps in Russia, and then demanded to cooperate with Russian troops, to exchange Ukrainian passports for Russian ones.

“What was it – deportation, hostages? This is terrorism,” said the head of state.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy added that there were many such cases involving employees of various enterprises that fell under the Russian occupation.

See also: More than 12,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia


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