In what is shaping up to be the largest mass kidnapping in recent history, the Russian media has reported that their troops and government have “evacuated” a total of 1 million Ukrainians, or exactly 1,021,871 Ukrainian civilians to Russia, including 187,636 children, since the start of the invasion. While Russian media uses the word “evacuation,” there is evidence that the majority of these Ukrainians were “forcibly deported” or, as we would say, “kidnapped” and forced to reside in Russia for reasons currently unknown.

In a report dated April 29th, the Russian news agency TASS reported that a total of 1,021,871 people crossed the Russian border, according to the Head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev. According to the report, 19,442 people were “evacuated” from dangerous areas in Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine just within the past day.

“Despite the obstacles that are being created by Kiev [Kyiv], 19,442 people, including 4,468 children, were evacuated to Russia from dangerous areas in Ukraine, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, in the past day without any assistance from the Ukrainian authorities,” the Colonel said.

If confirmed (and there is large evidence to believe that this is true), it would be another war crime that violates Article 49 of the Geneva Convention. We’ll get to these legalities later on.

Evidence of Ukrainians Sent to ‘Filtration Camps’

Earlier in April, The Guardian, along with several media outlets, reported that there were accounts of Mariupol residents being ‘forcibly deported’ to Russia. These Ukrainian citizens were allegedly sent to “filtration camps” before being relocated to far-flung areas in Russia.

A woman from Mariupol reported to The Guardian that Russian troops forced their way into the bomb shelter they were staying in and ordered all women and children to get out early in March. After they left the bunker, they were forced to board a bus to the border town of Novoazovsk along with 200 or 300 people.

“Once we came to a stop, we had to wait for hours inside the bus until ordered to go through a large tent complex, to what everyone called ‘filtration camps,’” she said.

While at the camp, she was reportedly questioned, photographed, and fingerprinted by Russia’s FSB (the Russian security service). They took her phone, looked through its contents, and asked whether they had connections with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.