The United States has evidence that the Russians are forcibly expelling Ukrainians from their country and sending them to RussiaPentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday.

“I can’t say how many camps there are or what they are like,” he told reporters. “But we have indications that the Ukrainians are being taken to Russia against their will.”

The ukrainian government claims that 1.2 million people were deported to Russia and held in camps.

Russia’s behavior is “inadmissible” and “not typical of a responsible power,” added Kirby, who estimates that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin“does not accept or respect the sovereignty of “Ukraine””.

A Ukrainian government official, Liudmila Denisova, was quoted by the official Spravdi communication center as saying: “More than 1.19 million of our citizens, including more than 200,000 children, have been deported to the Russian Federation“.

He refrained from calling these deportations ethnic cleansing and used the term “Russian brutality”.

“For 75 days (Russia) has brutalized Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” he said. “And every time we think they can’t go any lower, they prove you wrong.”

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