Russia abducted over 19,500 Ukrainian children from occupied territories, Reintegration Ministry says
Russians are deporting Ukrainian children from the occupied territories (Photo:REUTERS/Edgar Su)
Invading Russian forces have kidnapped 19,514 children from temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory, the Ministry of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories reported on Facebook on March 28.
Around 4,390 children with a special status, including orphans and those deprived of parental care, are currently being held in the occupied territories.
“The National Information Bureau updates the information on the portal every day,” the report says.
“The collected data will be used by Ukrainian and international investigators to prosecute those responsible for the illegal abduction of Ukrainian children.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed decrees on Feb. 26 to introduce sanctions against Russians involved in the abduction of Ukrainian children.
The European Union adopted the tenth package of sanctions against Russia, which is also aimed at persons involved in the abduction of Ukrainian children.
The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on March 17 for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Russia’s children’s ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova, for their involvement in the illegal removal of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation since Feb. 24, 2022.
The Russians have taken more than 13,000 Ukrainian children from occupied Ukrainian territories, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikovsaid.
According to reports, Ukraine has only managed to repatriate around 300 Ukrainian children from Russia.
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