The cruelty of the Kremlin’s forces in Ukraine cannot be overstated, as the Russian army continues to facilitate precisely the sort of horror that the world vowed to never let occur again.
As Moscow’s military turned to genocide, rape, torture, and even pedophilia in order to terrorize the Ukrainian people, another tactic came into view over the horizon, reminiscent of some of Hitler’s most horrid actions: So-called “filtration” camps, where refugees from the fighting would be sent into Russian prisons akin to the concentration camps of World War II.
Worse still, these camps appear to be a part of a large, more sinister operation in which Ukrainian children are being kidnapped and put up for adoption in Russia.
The United Nations said Wednesday there are credible accusations that Moscow’s forces have removed children from Ukraine to Russia for adoption as part of larger-scale forced relocations and deportations.
“There have been credible allegations of forced transfers of unaccompanied children to Russian occupied territory, or to the Russian Federation itself,” Ilze Brands Kehris, the assistant UN secretary-general for human rights, told the Security Council.
Russia may have even made it easier for an atrocity like this to occur.
“We are concerned that the Russian authorities have adopted a simplified procedure to grant Russian citizenship to children without parental care, and that these children would be eligible for adoption by Russian families,” she said.
Given that it took until the liberation of German-occupied nations to discover the true horrors of the Nazi regime, one can only imagine what the world will learn about Russia’s sinister actions in Ukraine.