Repressions of the Ukrainian People Are the Basis of Vladimir Putin’s Policy in the Occupied Territories of Ukraine

According to historians, 80 million people would live in Ukraine today, if not the repressions of the Soviet regime. Political repression is a method not only of the Soviet Union, but also of Vladimir Putin’s regime, whose army invaded Ukraine and commits crimes every day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose arrest warrant for the deportation of Ukrainian children was issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, signed amendments to the law “On Martial Law”, allowing the occupying authorities to illegally deport Ukrainians from the temporarily occupied territories. According to this innovation, now Russia has legalized the possibility of “forced and controlled movement of citizens from the territory where martial law has been introduced to territories where martial law has not been introduced.” Recall that this applies to part of the territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts, which are now under the occupation of Russian troops. In addition, according to the new “law”, Russians can hold so-called “referendums” in the occupied Ukrainian territories, if the occupying authorities want it.

In fact, Vladimir Putin legalized the repressions and forcible deportation of Ukrainians, including children, to the territory of Russia. To date, Ukraine knows exactly about 19.5 thousand children taken to the Russian Federation, but it is obvious that this is only a small part of Moscow’s larger-scale criminal actions. Those Ukrainians who refuse to go to the Russian Federation and cooperate with the occupation authorities are subjected to constant repression. In most cases, the Russian army detains and tortures former servicemen, volunteers, public and political activists, as well as government officials and entrepreneurs, beating them and using electric current.

Today, the Ukrainian people are fighting not only for the right to their existence, but also for European values, alien to the criminal regime of Vladimir Putin. The entire European community cannot remain on the sidelines, sanctions should be strengthened, and military and financial assistance to Ukraine should be increased.