In Mariupol temporarily occupied by russian troops and nearby settlements, there are four "filtration centers" where more than 10 thousand people are already being held. Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko stated this at a briefing, - Ukrinform reports.
There are "filtration centers" both in the city of Mariupol and outside the city, four of them have been working all this time. And they, unfortunately, captivated more than 10 thousand local people", - he said.
According to Boychenko, the captives are civil servants, municipal workers, who were detained by the invaders and subjected to torture.
"There is information that one of the leaders of one of the cities near Mariupol could not stand these tortures and, unfortunately, died in prison. He was captured, the verdict of the so-called DNR court was announced… And there are a lot of such cases. Because there, they (the invaders - ed.) put pressure on the prisoners to go over to the side of the "DNR", the russian federation and work for them. People do not agree", - the mayor noted.
He added that there is no medical care in these "filtration centers", prisons, and if something happens to a person, "there are no doctors there who would save a life, so many of our Mariupol residents have already died in those prisons".
According to Boychenko, the invaders are now holding almost two thousand men in one of these "filtration centers". "We understand why they do it. They announced that sometime in September, they would distribute these pieces of paper, which are called passports of the russian federation. And this is immediately a ticket to the front", - the mayor stated.
As reported, Russian aggression caused one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in Mariupol. The city is almost completely destroyed as a result of enemy shelling.
Today’s Mariupol is without a normal supply of electricity, water and gas. About 22 thousand civilians have died in the city since the beginning of the russian invasion. More than 50 thousand were deported to russia and the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk oblast.
Currently, more than 100 thousand residents remain in the blocked city. Mariupol is threatened by an ecological catastrophe and an outbreak of infectious diseases.