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Russia again accused of war crimes

US Ambassador to UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. photo VOA

The United States has accused Russia of committing war crimes by forcibly deporting Ukrainians to Russia.

Routers reports that US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, that Russian officials are overseeing so-called filtration operations.

” a variety of sources, including Moscow, indicate that authorities have “interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported” between 900,000 and 1.6 million Ukrainians to Russia following the Russian invasion in February’’ she said.

According to Thomas-Greenfield, In July alone, over 1800 children were transferred from Russia-controlled areas of Ukraine to Russia.

“The forcible transfer or deportation of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the occupier … constitutes a war crime,” she said.

However, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia denied the accusation saying it is a ‘’disinformation campaign unleashed by Ukraine and its Western backers”.

He said the process was a registration and not an filtration procedure as perceived.

Nebenzia requested that the council meet again on Thursday to discuss “real threats to international peace and security caused by the supplies by foreign states of arms and military goods to Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, U.N. political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo has called for investigation of the accusations against Russia.

She also appealed for unimpeded access for U.N. and Red Cross officials to people detained during the Ukraine war.

Editing Annabel Nwachukwu