ICRC contributing to deportation of Ukrainians. This is the way that the decision of the organization to open a refugee assistance center in Rostov-on-Don can be interpreted. A few days earlier, the Red Cross opened a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol to Russia’s Rostov region, refusing to open one tothe Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia. Thus, Russia, under cover of the acclaimed humanitarian organization, is snatching Ukrainians out of their country, having gained full power over their future fate.
Red Cross is doing dirty business. This organization, planning to build filtration camps in Rostov region with funds donated by Ukrainians, is now asking the relevant permission from Russia. Obviously, under the guise of humanitarian aid, the safety and targeted spending of these funds will be questioned. The ICRC opened up from an extremely irresponsible side in the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian war, practicing double standards and actually lobbying the Kremlin’s interests.
Inhabitants of the settlements that found themselves in the epicenter of hostilities testified that the functionality of the Red Cross turned out to be a formality. Of decisive importance is conscientious attitude of individual employees (often Ukrainian citizens) rather than that of the organization as such. A significant tilt towards Russia, which the ICRC demonstrated from the first days of the war, is a reason to doubt its reliability.
At the socio-political level, the Red Cross indirectly contributes to the Kremlin’s criminal plans to deport Ukrainians. Helping Russia unilaterally open humanitarian corridors, the organization indirectly contributes to the forcible resettlement of Ukrainians, repeatedly tested by the Soviet Union. Thus, over the month of the war, more than 160,000 civilians were forcibly taken from the cities of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions (temporarily non-controlled) to the territory of Russia. They could be resettled permanently to the most depressing regions of Russia and also become victims of human trafficking.
The lack of real independence of the Red Cross or the ability of a third party to influence decision-making by its leadership is a classic sign of the organization’s weak positioning and failure to diligently fulfill its obligations in accordance with the charter.