Ukraine Repatriates 600 of at Least 20,000 Children Abducted by Russia

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Ukraine Repatriates 600 of at Least 20,000 Children Abducted by RussiaUkrainian children from Kherson Children’s Home before taken to Russia. (photo: The New York Times)

20 june 24

Last year, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s children’s rights commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, accusing them of illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia.

Ukraine has repatriated 600 children illegally deported by Russia, but over 20,000 were forcibly transferred, according to Ukrainian Ambassador to the Netherlands Oleksandr Karasevych.

What happened to Ukrainian children on Russia-occupied territories may amount to a war crime. The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, accusing them of illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia.

He stressed that deported Ukrainian children have had their citizenship changed, names altered, and been put up for adoption by Russian families – part of a “genocidal policy” against Ukrainians.

To address this, Ukraine launched Bring Kids Back UA – a comprehensive plan uniting government efforts, other nations, and international/non-governmental organizations to repatriate all Ukrainian children deported by Russia.

Karasevych noted that 37 countries have joined the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children so far.

Source: https://www.rsn.org/001/ukraine-repatriates-600-of-at-least-20000-children-abducted-by-russia.html

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