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U.S. Claims Russia Has List of Ukrainians ‘To Be Killed or Sent to Camps’ Following a Military Occupation

The Kremlin has denied that it plans to invade Ukraine and has accused the United States and Western governments of disseminating misinformation to destabilize the region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation in a recorded message on Feb. 20. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation in a recorded message on Feb. 20. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

The United States has informed the United Nations it has credible information showing that Moscow is compiling lists of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation,” according to a letter to the U.N. human rights chief obtained by The Washington Post on Sunday night.

The letter alleges that Moscow’s post-invasion planning would involve torture, forced disappearances and “widespread human suffering.” It does not describe the nature of the intelligence that undergirds its assessment.

The new warning comes after the Biden administration, amid weeks of speculation about President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in Ukraine, said late last week that the Russian leader had decided to launch an invasion.

“I would like to bring to your attention disturbing information recently obtained by the United States that indicates that human rights violations and abuses in the aftermath of a further invasion are being planned,” said the letter, written by Bathsheba Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.

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