Ukraine has so far returned 53 children from Russia, says Reintegration Minister

25 August, 05:59 PM
Russia is believed to have abducted more than 300,000 children (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Russia is believed to have abducted more than 300,000 children (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Ukraine has already managed to return 53 kidnapped children from Russia, and is preparing lawsuits against Moscow for the so-called "adoption" of kidnapped and abducted Ukrainian children, Reintegration Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said during an interview on national TV on Aug. 25.

According to the minister, parents and relatives can contact the hotline of the Ministry of Reintegration regarding the abduction of children in the occupied territories.

"In each specific case, we learn about the information, record it, and if we find a child In Russia, we do everything we can to return the child,” Vereshchuk said.

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“53 kids have already been returned home in this way."

The minister also added that Ukrainian government will soon file lawsuits against Russia for their actions. According to international law, forcibly transferring children from one group to another is considered to be an act of genocide.

Earlier, Russian authorities reported that over 1,000 Ukrainian children were destined for adoption to Russian families. In total, Russia is believed to have abducted more than 300,000 children.

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