February 9, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– Christelle Néant in DNIpress, translated from French by Tom Winter –
The DPR hotline received a call this week from a man claiming to be an employee of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in a town on the front line in the Donbass area occupied by the Ukrainian army.
He said that the Ukrainian authorities had ordered him and his colleagues in other cities to find a place to build a filtration camp for the people of Donbass (at the request of the informant, the name of the city and the police unit where he works are not disclosed).
This is not the first time that such information has come to us. Two years ago, Ukrainian soldiers had taken pictures of building such a camp in Talakovka, saying they were proud to build such a place for “Russian pig dogs”.
And several Ukrainian politicians like Edward Leonov and Yuri Mikhalchichin (member of the Svoboda party) have already made such proposals in public on Ukrainian television regarding Russian-speaking Ukrainians or Ukrainians of Russian origin.
No, you are not dreaming (or rather are not in a nightmare), in Ukraine, neo-Nazi politicians (must call a spade a spade) can say it publicly on TV, without judicial retribution, that part of the country’s population deserves to end up in such camps simply because they are Russian-speaking or of Russian origin … Ah, the post-Maidan democracy, there is nothing to say …
Here is the testimony delivered by this gentleman, which has yet to be verified and corroborated by the intelligence services of the DPR. If these facts are proven, this would be further evidence that Ukraine is preparing to take back the Donbass by force before carrying out an ethnic cleansing through these filtration camps. It seems that a preventive cleansing of the populations on the side occupied by the Ukrainian army is also planned, most certainly in order to prevent the republics from obtaining information on the coming attack.
We understand, of course, what this means for the people on the other side. Neither I nor my colleagues from Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Volnovakha have any doubt that Pravy Sektor will be guarding them (the camps – ed.). I have family in Donetsk and Makeyevka. I was born there, I grew up there, my mother was buried there. Then, when it all started, I went to serve in Ukraine. It’s incomprehensible. What Russian occupation of Donbass can there be when such orders are given? This is a very large-scale campaign, which involves not only our structure (the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior – ed.), But I know for sure that the SBU is also working on this project and in a very intensive way . But they have slightly different tasks,” said the witness.
According to the witness, all men between the ages of 15 and 65 and all suspicious women will be subjected to “filtration measures”. A special unit of the National Guard (which I recall is mostly made up of ultra-nationalist units or even neo-Nazis) will be in charge of guarding the outer perimeter of these camps, while Pravy Sektor will be in charge of maintaining the order inside.
“We are already preparing for it very actively. In our department, the operators tables are already full of personal files of local separatists (people living on the Ukrainian side supporting the Donbass People’s Republics – ed.). Last time it was the same. The so-called preventive cleansing is planned among the local population. So far, I only know that these measures are being prepared in Starobelsk, Lissichansk, Artemovsk and Severodonetsk,” said the witness.
Clearly, the already fierce repression by the SBU — adding triage camps to the plethoric arsenal of secret prisons and torture whose Ukrainian security services have been using and abusing for four years — will intensify against those who challenge the Ukrainian authorities put in place in the coup d’état of 2014.
Information such as this pointing to an early resumption of the conflict has been multiplying for several days, between heavy weapons out of storage areas, law on the reintegration of Donbass sent for signature to Poroshenko, and now these camps for triage filtration.
It is time for the international community to open its eyes, before a new bloodbath takes place in the Donbass by the fault of Kiev.