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Ukrainian Officials say over 400,000 people have been forced into Russia, used as war hostages

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Ukraine officials say Russians are taking “hundreds of thousands” of civilians who have been displaced from their war torn homes and forcibly taking them to Russia. Many are reportedly being used as “hostages” in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to give in and give up.

In an astounding statement, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s ombudsperson, said 402,000 people, including 84,000 children, had been taken to Russia. The information could very well be accurate, as the Kremlin gave “nearly identical numbers for those who have been relocated” reports the Associated Press.

However, Russia is saying the number is a result of individuals wanting to move to Russia; not that they are forcibly being taken. “Ukraine’s rebel-controlled eastern regions are predominantly Russian-speaking, and many people there have supported close ties to Moscow” adds the AP.

The rhetorical games Russia is playing is vast. Playing the martyr, “Russia said it will offer safe passage starting Friday to 67 ships from 15 foreign countries that are stranded in Ukrainian ports because of the danger of shelling and mines.”

However, “Kyiv and Moscow gave conflicting accounts, meanwhile, about the people being relocated to Russia and whether they were going willingly — as Russia claimed — or were being coerced or lied to” writes the AP.

The Associated Press reports of the conflicting information:

Russian Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said the roughly 400,000 people evacuated to Russia since the start of the military action were from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists have been fighting for control for nearly eight years.

Russian authorities said they are providing accommodations and dispensing payments to the evacuees.

But Donetsk Region Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said that “people are being forcibly moved into the territory of the aggressor state.” Denisova said those removed by Russian troops included a 92-year-old woman in Mariupol who was forced to go to Taganrog in southern Russia.

Ukrainian officials said that the Russians are taking people’s passports and moving them to “filtration camps” in Ukraine’s separatist-controlled east before sending them to various distant, economically depressed areas in Russia.

Among those taken, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry charged, were 6,000 residents of Mariupol, the devastated port city in the country’s east. Moscow’s troops are confiscating identity documents from an additional 15,000 people in a section of Mariupol under Russian control, the ministry said.

Some could be sent as far as the Pacific island of Sakhalin, Ukrainian intelligence said, and are being offered jobs on condition they don’t leave for two years. The ministry said the Russians intend to “use them as hostages and put more political pressure on Ukraine.”

Kyrylenko said that Mariupol’s residents have been long deprived of information and that the Russians feed them false claims about Ukraine’s defeats to persuade them to move to Russia.

“Russian lies may influence those who have been under the siege,” he said.

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  1. David

    March 28, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Everyone is full of it on this. Quit portraying this globalist soros supporter ( Zelensky ) as some great guardian of freedom around the world. He outlawed opposition parties and seized control of Ukrainian media.

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‘THE ENEMY IS HERE’: Sara Reacts to Biden Backstabbing Bibi and the ‘Death to America’ Chants in Michigan [LISTEN]

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Former gubernatorial candidate for Michigan Tudor Dixon and Fox News investigative journalist Sara Carter joined The Sean Hannity Show on Wednesday to discuss the anti-American chants in Dearborn, MI that called for “Death to America.”

Watch the clip below. Listen to Dixon and Carter’s analysis above.

Hannity starts the segment by blasting President Biden for abandoning Israel in its war to eliminate terrorist group Hamas in the wake of the October 7th attacks.

“We now have a radicalized, extreme-leftist party that is demanding that Joe Biden abandon our ally in their war against terrorists! Hamas is a terror organization. They have in their charter the call for the destruction of Israel. And Joe Biden, for a long time now, has been putting pressure on Netanyahu to stop its war on terrorism which puts the entire country of Israel in jeopardy,” Hannity said.

Hannity asks Carter to react to all the knives Bibi has gotten in the back.

“I spent over an hour with Prime Minister Netanyahu … [he] talked about the situation in Israel with the United States and especially the fact that the Biden Administration has been working diligently to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu in his time of need,” Carter said. “He’s very adamant that they’re going to go into Rafa to [clear out Hamas].”

“The importance of this to the American public is this isn’t about a fight overseas. This is about a fight for the United States of America. The frontline against terrorism is our ally in the Middle East — Israel. Once we turn our back on Israel … it’s going to be our defeat,” Carter says.

“All you have to do is look at what’s happening in the United States and see how people are being radicalized here in this country. There’s antisemitism that is growing. There’s radicalization inside Dearborn, Michigan. And you see people marching in the streets shouting ‘intifada! intifada!'”

“They want the destruction and the elimination of Israel.”

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