The occupiers took to the Russian Federation at least 2,100 Ukrainian children, who had been deprived of parental care.
This is according to Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, who spoke with journalists during a trip to the Kharkiv region, reports Ukrinform with reference to the suspension public broadcaster.
“We are talking about 2,161 children. That’s what we knew as of September 1. They are children, deprived of parental care, whom we call “children with status”. By the way, we’ve already fired 55,” Vereshchuk said.
According to the official, these are not the exact figures.
“We verify the information by systematizing it and we immediately turn to the Russian Federation. We consider (as international law allows us) the forced removal of Ukrainian children to the territory of the aggressor country. And it is obvious that this is a crime, so it will be qualified that the culprits be brought to justice. But now our task is to find these children, locate them and demand that they be returned,” Vereshchuk explained.
She noted that Russia is trying to find guardians for some of the Ukrainian children. “We have information that Russia is preparing some of them for certain guardian families, as they call it, certain forms of adoption. we call on the international community to demand that everything be done to make Russia pay, that is, to increase the sanctions, for the fact that today our children are illegally detained on the territory of the Russian Federation” , said the Deputy Prime Minister.
During negotiations on the return of children to Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities turn to Russia, providing the names of the children in question and information about their guardians. “The guardian comes to Russia, which takes almost 10 days, because he has to go there, pick up the child and bring him back. We accompany this whole process…in this way, we managed to save 55 children”, added Vereshchuk.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, the Ukrainian government will sue Russia for the so-called adoption of abducted and deported children.
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