Tens of thousands of Ukrainians held in Russian camps: Zelensky
More than half a million Ukrainians have been forcibly deported to Russia amid Moscow's invasion of their country and tens of thousands are being held in Russian camps, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks via video link during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Photo: EPA/CLEMENS BILAN
"More than 500,000 Ukrainians have been deported to Russia by force, and tens of thousands stay in Russian camps that were created according to the model of Nazi camps," Zelensky said in a virtual address at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
"Nobody knows how many people will survive there, but everyone knows who is to blame for that," Zelensky added, as cited by the ukrinform.net website.
Zelensky also said in his address that "there is not a single week passing without mass graves of killed and tortured people found" in Ukraine during the Russian invasion of the country.
He told festival participants that 229 children have been killed in his country since the Russian invasion began on February 24, ukrinform.net reported.
Source: PAP, ukrinform.net