Russian invasion forces have abducted by force almost 300 children from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, taking them to Moscow under the pretext that they need “medical treatment”, Luhansk Oblast Military Administration said in a post on Facebook on Jan. 7.
However the child “patients” that Russian forces abducted from Ukraine had no serious medical issues, Luhansk administration officials said.
They said visiting teams of Russian doctors conducted medical examinations of young men and women in the occupied cities in the fall. In some places, teachers in schools collected money from children to fund the examinations.
According to Luhansk officials, the Russian medics announced that they had allegedly found “serious injuries” in some of the children and provided them with “first aid.” After that, using special transport or medevac aircraft, they were taken to Moscow hospitals, where the children continued to be given “treatment and rehabilitation,” according to the Russians.
“Before the arrival of the occupiers, children and parents had no slightest idea of their dire situation,” Luhansk oblast administration officials said.
Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group is considered an act of genocide under the current definition of genocide, as set out in Article II of the UN Genocide Convention.
The National Resistance Center, a Ukrainian civil defense organization, reported on Jan. 6 that the invaders had removed 414 children from the Russian-occupied town of Horlivka in Donetsk Oblast.
The children were taken to Rostov Oblast in Russia under the pretext of allowing them to attend “holiday events.”
The events were actually conducted for Kremlin propaganda purposes.