NGO accuses Russia of kidnapping Ukrainian civilians

Updated on 09/01/2022 13:03

  • 12:58 PM: Reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is closed
  • 11:05 am: ➤ Human Rights Watch accuses Russia of kidnapping and detaining Ukrainian civilians
  • 09:32 am: Ukraine continues counterattacks in the south
  • 08:04: Russia bombs the city at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s mission
  • 07:12: Russia conducts major military exercises in the middle of the Ukraine war

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➤ NGO: Russia kidnaps and detains Ukrainian civilians

Human Rights Watch accuses Russia of kidnapping Ukrainian civilians and holding them in concentration camps. According to a 70-page report titled “We Had No Choice” by the NGO, people are being moved to Russia or Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine on a large scale against their will and posted on its website on Thursday. According to its own information, the organization spoke with 18 affected people for the report. It classifies this action as a “serious violation of martial law” and “possible war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

As early as March, the Ukrainian government spoke of Moscow abducting war refugees for Russia. “There they are later accommodated in concentration camps Transfer “In the bleak regions of Russia,” said the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada, Lyudmila Denisova, at the time. In June, Ukraine reported 1.2 million kidnapped people. The information cannot be independently verified. Human Rights Watch also acknowledges that the extent of resettlement is unknown, but writes about “organised mass transfers” (mcf/dpa)

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Status at a glance:

Since February 24, Russia has been fighting a war of aggression against Ukraine from the air and on the ground. Not long ago, President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent country and recognized the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.

Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best it can. Thousands of deaths were reported on both sides, but the exact numbers of soldiers and civilians were not independently verified. The truth is that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. UNHCR has now recorded over 11.5 million border crossings from Ukraine (as of August 23). The refugees consist mainly of women and children, with men between the ages of 18 and 60 not allowed to leave the country.

The European Union and the United States responded with sanctions. They also supply Ukraine with arms, and Germany supports the country with arms shipments. Ukraine will receive Gepard tanks from Germany. So far, it has been excluded that NATO will actively intervene in the war.


Map of the military situation in Ukraine. (Warning: This infographic will be updated regularly)

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More news from September 1

Reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is closed

After a night attack, a reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was shut down on Thursday, according to the Ukrainian operator. As the operator, Energoatom, announced in the Telegram online service, a Russian bombing took place at the plant during the night. The emergency system was then activated and heap 5 shut down at 03:57 AM CEST.

On Thursday, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency wanted to inspect the facility, but were initially denied access to it due to continued bombing in the area.

London: Ukraine continues counterattack in the south

Ukrainian forces continued their offensive against the Russian occupation in southern Ukraine, using long-range missiles to attack Russian logistical sites, according to British intelligence. Official footage of the Ukrainian government also showed the use of missiles that can be used to locate and destroy radar systems, according to a short report from the British Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

From the point of view of British intelligence, Russian radar systems are a decisive factor in Russia’s position in the Ukraine war. She said that the severe damage to these systems will weaken the Russians significantly.

Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February, the British government regularly publishes intelligence about its progress. Moscow accuses London of launching a purposeful disinformation campaign. (dpa)

Russia bombs a city near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Before the planned mission of a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the Russian army again fired on the nearby town of Enerhodar, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukraine’s Mayor Dmytro Orlov, who fled Enerhodar, said Thursday on the Telegram messaging service that the city had been bombarded since dawn with grenade launchers and rocket attacks. For safety reasons, the IAEA team cannot continue on its way to the nuclear power plant.

It is expected that the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency will be present on Thursday at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which is occupied by Russian soldiers. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said his team would stick to the mission as planned despite the attacks. “We will continue,” Grossi said before he and his team left Zaporizhia, 120 kilometers away, for Enerhodar. “We will immediately begin examining the security situation at the power station,” he added. (AFP)

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IAEA experts have arrived in Zaporizhia

With its visit to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is occupied by Russia, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s monitoring mission wants to prevent a nuclear accident at the power plant, which has been repeatedly bombed.

Russia has started major military exercises

In the midst of the Ukrainian war, Russia began large-scale military exercises with more than 50,000 soldiers on Thursday. The exercises, which lasted about a week, take place in the east, thousands of miles away from the fighting. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, countries such as China, India and Mongolia are also involved, as well as several former Soviet republics, with Belarus leading the way. In this way, Russia wants to show solidarity with other countries in times of heightened tension with the West.

According to Moscow, 5,000 military vehicles will be used in the “Vostok 2022” (“East 2022”) exercise, as well as 140 aircraft, 60 warships and other boats. The maneuver takes place in the military training grounds of Eastern Siberia and the Far East, as well as in the Sea of ​​Japan.

In particular, the participation of China and India in the maneuver attracted attention in the West. Relations between the world’s two most populous and nuclear powers have been strained since a military accident occurred on their common border in the Himalayas two years ago that left many dead. (dpa)


More than 50 thousand soldiers and 140 aircraft: In the midst of the Ukrainian war, Russia is conducting large-scale military exercises in the East. Other countries are involved – the West worried.

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The Ministry: 2,300 educational institutions were damaged

Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark Watzinger called for solidarity at the start of the new school year in Ukraine in the midst of war. As of mid-August, 2,300 educational institutions in the country had been damaged, and 286 had been completely destroyed, the FDP politician told the German news agency DPA.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine informed her. “This once again shows how brutal Russia is, how Putin is destroying and destroying children and young people, their lives and their future. This is another reason why Ukraine needs our solidarity and support.”

This also applies to children and young people in German schools who have fled Ukraine, Stark-Witzinger added. More than 160,000 Ukrainian students are now registered in Germany. “Together with states, we give them security and perspective.” In Ukraine, the new school year begins this Thursday. (dpa)

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Silinsky opens film festival: “Horror that doesn’t last 120 minutes”

The Venice International Film Festival kicked off with the opening film “White Noise” and a video speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky called on the guests of the 79th edition of the Mostra on Wednesday evening not to remain silent and “not to be neutral in the war in Ukraine”.

The president described the Russian war of aggression against his country as “a horror that lasted not 120 minutes, but 189 days.” Then he read the names of 358 children killed since the war began more than six months ago.

And the French acting legend Catherine Deneuve, who received the Golden Lion for her work in Venice, made a political statement: before the ceremony, the 78-year-old wore a T-shirt with the flag of Ukraine. (AFP)

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With materials from dpa, Reuters and Agence France-Presse

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