34 children kidnapped from village near Kherson and taken to Russia by invaders

6 November 2022, 11:14 AM
Ukrainian children kidnapped by the occupiers (Photo:REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov)

Ukrainian children kidnapped by the occupiers (Photo:REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov)

Russian invasion forces took 34 children from a village in Kherson Oblast to Anapa in Russia, to the east of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea, and have failed to return them, head of Kherson Oblast’s regional military administration Yaroslav Yanushevych said on Telegram on Nov. 5.

The Russians had promised parents to return the children by the end of last week, but then this deadline was missed and another one given, Yanushevych said.

“The Russian invaders continue the forced deportation of our children from Kherson Oblast,” Yanushevych wrote.

“The occupiers kidnapped 34 children from the village of Preobrazhenka of the Myrne district. They were taken to the Russian city of Anapa.”

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Information about the abduction of the children was given by Valentyna Holovata, the head of the Myrne settlement military administration.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Oct. 6 that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has already forcibly deported more than 1.6 million Ukrainians.

Russia also forcibly removes children, in particular orphans, who are given to be raised by Russian families.

According to the United Nations Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article II, forcibly transferring children from one group to another group is considered an act of genocide.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that before the full-scale invasion, the Russian Federation planned measures to filter and deport Ukrainians in the captured territories – same the same methods the Russians used during the war in Chechnya.

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