Ukrainians being sent to Russia against their will -Pentagon

STORY: Again, unconscionable, not the behaviour of a responsible power, certainly another indication that he (Vladimir Putin) simply won’t accept and respect Ukrainian sovereignty and that they (Ukranians) are citizens of another nation," Kirby said.

Last week, Russia's defense ministry said more than 11,500 people, including 1,847 children, were transported from Ukraine into Russia without the participation of Kyiv's authorities.

Russia says the people have been evacuated on their own request, while Ukraine has said Moscow has forcefully deported thousands of people to Russia since the war's beginning.

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