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Russia UN envoy says 600,000 ‘evacuated’ from Ukraine, denies ‘coercion’

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday 600,000 people had been brought voluntarily into the country during the conflict in Ukraine, denying Kyiv’s claim of mass deportations.

“Now overall, since the beginning of the special military operation, over 600,000 people have been evacuated to Russia, including over 119,000 children,” Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.

“And we’re not talking about any kind of coercion or abduction, as our Western partners like to present this, but rather the voluntary decision by these people as testified by many of these videos that are accessible in social media.”


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