The US ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday that she could not confirm a statement by the Mariupol City Council that indicated Ukrainian citizens were being deported to Russia from Mariupol.
CNN “State of the Union” host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBarr: Trump’s ‘not my idea of a president’ Equilibrium/Sustainability — Amazon rainforest turning into savanna: study Former top defense official says Russia ‘extremely irresponsible’ in seizing nuclear plants MORE asked Linda Thomas GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldSunday shows preview: Biden calls Putin a war criminal as Ukraine conflict continues Biden calls Putin a war criminal Blinken: Intentional targeting of civilians, journalists ‘would constitute a war crime’ MORE if the US was aware of the deportations, which the city council said involved a thousand people who were mostly women and children.
“Can you confirm? Does the US know that that’s happening? And if it is happening, how disturbing is that?” Tapper asked Thomas-Greenfield.
“I have only heard it,” Thomas-Greenfield responded. “I can’t confirm it.”
“But I can say it is disturbing. It is unconscionable for Russia to force Ukrainian citizens into Russia and put them in what will basically be concentration and prisoner camps,” Thomas-Greenfield added. “So this is something that we need to verify. Russia should not be moving Ukrainian citizens against their will into Russia.”
On chemical weapons, Thomas-Greenfield said to Tapper that allied forces will “respond aggressively” if Russian forces use such weapons on Ukrainians, which the White House has warned could happen.
“They have used chemical weapons against their own people. And we are concerned that they may use chemical weapons in Ukraine.” Thomas-Greenfield said.
“We have been clear. If they escalate to this level, we will respond aggressively to what they are doing. You have seen the consequences so far of our actions against Russia and against [Russian President Vladimir] Whore. And they are feeling those consequences. And they will feel more if they take this unfortunate decision to use chemical weapons.”