Russia conscripts minor from Mariupol who tried to return to Ukraine in April
On November 8, Ukrainian official said that Russian forces had conscripted into the army a minor from Mariupol, Bohdan Yermokhin
This was reported by the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko.
"The Russian forces conscripted a minor from Mariupol who was kidnapped by Maria Lvova-Belova along with other orphans," Andriushchenko wrote.
Bohdan Yermokhin is 17 years old. During the occupation of Mariupol, the Russian forces illegally took the boy and 30 other children to Moscow. From there, they were interned in a children's "sanatorium" called Polyana. In July 2022, despite having a legal guardian, the minor was illegally transferred to a Russian family.
According to Bohdan, he was issued a Russian passport and enrolled in a university. In April 2023, he tried to return to Ukraine, but was detained at the border with Belarus and forcibly returned to his foster family.
Andriushchenko writes that there is no way that Bohdan can cross the border legally until he is 18 years old.
"That is, after the abduction, he is de facto and de jure in the 'Russia' camp. And after he comes of age, he will not be able to escape because of conscription into the Russian army. It is a terrible dead end. I hope for publicity and that publicity will help the boy to return to his homeland," the statement said.
Russia is abducting Ukrainian children from the temporarily occupied territories through a humanitarian mission founded by Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova.