Russia Accused of Setting Up ‘Concentration Camps’ in Ukraine

The recent actions of Russia’s prime minister have prompted online accusations that Russia is setting up concentration camps in the parts of Ukraine that were illegally annexed by Russian troops last fall.

On Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, through a signed government order, instructed the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service to open up 24 new penal colonies in the four Russian-annexed areas of Ukraine — in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Kherson, and in Zaporizhzhia.

According to a decree from the Russian government, which was published online, at least 24 penal colonies will be set up in Ukraine — 12 in the Donetsk region, seven in the Luhansk region, three in the Kherson region, and two facilities in Zaporizhzhia, where a “settlement-type colony” will be created.

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