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Russia seeks to alter occupied Zaporizhzhya Oblast’s population through mass resettlement scheme

According to Ivan Fedorov, the occupiers plan to relocate citizens of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to the occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhya Oblast
According to Ivan Fedorov, the occupiers plan to relocate citizens of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to the occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhya Oblast

Russian occupation authorities have approved a program to resettle citizens of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhya Oblast called “Zaporizhzhya Virgin Lands”, Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said on national television on Feb. 3.

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"They are trying to carry out mass resettlement of Russian citizens to the temporarily occupied territories," said Fedorov.

“And not only Russian citizens: they are now looking for people from different parts of the Russian Federation, citizens of Belarus, and Kazakhstan to come to the temporarily occupied territory.”

According to the mayor of Melitopol, in this way, the Russians are trying to "suppress the resistance that continues to exist in the temporary occupation, to replace the gene pool, to replace the population," and to overcome the shortage of personnel that has arisen due to the reluctance of locals to cooperate with the occupiers.

"They have a 1:4 shortage of doctors, they have a shortage of builders," Fedorov stated.

“Therefore, they are ready to buy personnel to move to the temporarily occupied territory, settle in our seized apartments and houses, and thus solve their demographic problems.”

Fedorov said earlier that the Russian authorities brought about 100,000 Russian citizens to the temporarily occupied Melitopol to suppress Ukrainian resistance.

Read also: UA Cabinet approves Fedorov as Zaporizhzhya regional governor

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