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'Stay in Mariupol hellhole or go to Russia': Moscow accused of forcibly deporting thousands

Evacuees from Mariupol at a refugee centre in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Russia is accused of forcibly deporting many Ukrainians to Russian territory.
Evacuees from Mariupol at a refugee centre in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Russia is accused of forcibly deporting many Ukrainians to Russian territory. Copyright AP Photo/Leo Correa
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Ukraine claims Putin's forces have relocated hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to Russia, leaving behind anxious friends and relatives trying to trace them.

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Ukraine's permanent representative to the United Nations has claimed that more than half a million people have been deported to Russia by the invading forces.

On Tuesday, President Zelenskyy accused Russia of looking to deport the residents of Mariupol who had fallen into their hands. 

He claimed the fate of tens of thousands of people from the city who had been relocated to Russian-controlled territory was unknown.

Among the anxious friends and relatives waiting for answers is Romeo Kokriatski, managing editor of the New Voice of Ukraine. 

Watch his interview with Euronews in the video player, above.

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