Ukraine war: Russia plans ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Mariupol

Moscow plots mass migration to ‘Russify’ port

Aliide Naylor

Monday August 21 2023, 2.45pm BST, The Times

Ukraine says it has uncovered a Russian plan to ethnically cleanse the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol via mass population transfers during the next ten years.

The alleged project would involve 300,000 Russians migrating to the city, which Moscow almost completely destroyed last year, at the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine, in a siege lasting almost three months.

Ukraine’s National Resistance Centre, created by the country’s special forces, said that Russia’s “development plan” envisages an increase in Mariupol’s population by 300,000 as a result of migration from Russia. The demographic changes would be fully implemented by 2035, it noted, citing sources “with access to the occupation administration’s documents”.

To support the move, the Kremlin has been instituting a system of preferential mortgages forRussians, which the centre said “emphasizes that these actions correspond to the signs of genocide according to international law”.

Before Russia’s invasion, Mariupol had a population of more than 450,000. Now only about 100,000 people remain. Russia razed Mariupol during last year’s siege, killing more than 25,000 people and destroying about 90 per cent of the city’s buildings. Some reports suggest the death toll was at least three times as high. Up to 350,000 residents were forced to leave, according to UN estimates.

During the siege, Russian forces bombed the theatre, which had been sheltering hundreds of civilian refugees and had the word “children” written clearly outside. Remaining residents were left without water or heating.

The theatre in Mariupol was bombed by Russian forces, killing hundreds of civilian refugees

The theatre in Mariupol was bombed by Russian forces, killing hundreds of civilian refugees


After the destruction, Moscow has attempted to “Russify” the city, painting its city sign in the colours of the Russian flag, changing Ukrainian-language signs to Russian and constructing new apartment buildings. It has brought in what it describes as “humanitarian aid”, as well as offering higher pay to construction workers willing to build in the city.

Last month, the Moscow-installed mayor Konstantin Ivashchenko told Tass, the state news agency, that a “Russian resort city will emerge”. Russians are now looking en masse to buy apartments in the city, aided by cheap mortgages and supported by mandatory Russian state insurance in the case of loss.

Russia has also been moving mobile information complexes into the city to transmit propaganda to remaining residents. Some Russian Instagram influencers have also used the backdrop of the ruined city for photoshoots.

Putin visited some of the newly built neighbourhoods in Mariupol in March

Putin visited some of the newly built neighbourhoods in Mariupol in March


President Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian children’s rights commissioner, are both wanted by the International Criminal Court accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia. Putin appeared to visit the city this March, with state media showing him driving around the streets at night.

Russia has abducted more than 16,000 children from Mariupol, placing them in Russian orphanages or foster homes. Some parents were tricked into letting their children go by promises of evacuation to safety.


  1. Monstrous!
    How are these evil nazi fiends so confident that they can get away with this?
    Outrageous. Mariupol has to be a priority for the ZSU.
    No evil in history has ever existed on such a large scale as this.

    • Former French President said:

      1. EU must find a compromise with russia.
      2.EU must stop funding Ukraine.
      3. EU needs Russia.
      4. Ukraine shouldn’t join EU & NATO.
      5. Ukraine should be a “neutral” bridge between east & west.
      6. Crimea won’t return to Ukraine.

  2. A depraved nurse in the UK murdered seven babies in her care.

    “Sentencing her to a whole life order Mr Justice Goss said there was a “malevolence bordering on sadism” in her actions, and that she had “no remorse”.

    I wonder what he would say when sentencing putler, his equally depraved murder gang and his kremprop skanks Skabaeva, Armenian nazi Simonyan and evil fiend Solovyov?

    No serial killer in history comes even close to the putler murder gang. World leaders should routinely use similar words to that judge when describing them.

    The nurse is evil and a psychopath, but also has been found to have a condition known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The putler murder gang have no such mitigating facts; only pure, concentrated evil.

  3. Same old methods as the scum used in Crimea and everywhere else they infest.

  4. I sispect this, and other trollish announcements, are an attempt by Putin regime propagandists to manipulate Ukrainian leadership into directing the counteroffensive towards Mariupol, where russian defence is very strong. Please don’t fall for that and keep cool heads!

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