More than 19,000 Ukrainian children were forcibly deported to Russia

Середа, 29 березня 2023, 17:56

The National Information Bureau under the Ministry of Reintegration continues to collect and update data on Ukrainian children illegally deported by Russia. The Office of the President, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the National Police, NGOs, etc. are involved in collecting and analyzing the data.

According to the latest data from the National Information Bureau, 19,514 Ukrainian children are currently considered to be illegally deported. 

It is also known that there are about 4,390 status children in the temporarily occupied territories and in Russia, including orphans and children deprived of parental care.

The National Information Bureau updates the information on the portal daily. The collected data will be used by Ukrainian and international investigators to bring to justice those responsible for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.

Earlier, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said during a meeting with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović that Ukraine had managed to return more than 300 of those deported to Russia and Belarus.

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«One of the most egregious crimes is the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia and Belarus. In May 2022, Putin signed a decree on a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for children from Donbas, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson,» the Prosecutor General said.

Donbas, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson are partially occupied territories of Ukraine.

The project «Ukraine: realities» is implemented by the News agency «Konkurent» together with the Civic Movement «SVIDOMI» and the charity organization Global Empowerment Mission in English for readers from other countries to tell the stories of people who survived the horrors of the Russian occupation.

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