More than 1,000 Ukrainian children that Russia unlawfully deported from the temporarily occupied city of Mariupol have been given for “adoption” in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, the Department for Family and Childhood of Krasnodar Krai reported on Aug. 23.
It is said the children deported from Mariupol will live in Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, and Altai Krai. Another 300 children from Ukraine are now in the queue for “adoption” and remain in “specialized institutions” in Krasnodar Krai.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, called on Russia to return all kidnapped children to their parents or legal guardians.
“Russia reports that a thousand Ukrainian children were unlawfully transferred from occupied Mariupol to Siberia,” he tweeted.
“This is a grave breach of the IV Geneva Convention and UN Convention on Child’s Rights.”
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced on July 29 that more than 5,600 children had already been deported to Russia, but that the true number was much higher.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on July 13 said the Russian invaders had already deported two million residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, including several hundred thousand children.
According to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russia planned measures to filter and deport Ukrainians in the occupied territories before the full-scale invasion, and also used such methods during the war in Chechnya.