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Russian occupation regime deports 300 children from Russian-controlled territory of Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Tuesday, 1 November 2022, 18:49

DIANA KRECHETOVA TUESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2022

The Russian occupation regime has deported 300 Ukrainian children from the temporarily occupied cities of Enerhodar and Kamianka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, to the Russian Federation and Russian-controlled Crimea.

Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, said during the 24-hour live national television broadcast on 1 November that the Russian occupiers are also attempting to deport school-aged children from Melitopol under the pretext of autumn school break.

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"As of yesterday, the occupiers announced a school break in Melitopol and are attempting to forcibly take our children to Crimea and to Krasnodar and other regions of the Russian Federation. They had already resorted to such measures on other temporarily occupied territories, having deported 300 children from Enerhodar and Kamianka," Fedorov said.

The Russians have not returned the children that had been deported earlier and have asked their parents to provide warm clothes for the children.

 Photo: JuraJarema/Depositphotos
Photo: JuraJarema/Depositphotos

Meanwhile, the occupiers are conducting searches of schoolchildren’s personal belongings and have banned them from leaving school buildings during the breaks. Their parents are banned from entering schools, Fedorov said. 

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Melitopol Mayor also reiterated that the Russian occupation regime has introduced military censorship in the occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The Russians had already blocked Ukrainian communication operators and Internet providers; the most recent restrictions additionally ban Ukrainian groups and channels on social media.

Fedorov added that the Russians are threatening local residents with "fines" and "criminal liability".

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