Russia plans to deport 10,000 more Ukrainian children
By the end of this year, the invaders plan to transport an additional 10,000 Ukrainian children from the temporarily held areas in the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions to the Russian Federation
This is reported by Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets.
He said that the invaders plan to bring Ukrainian kids to Moscow and St. Petersburg on so-called cultural trips. Along with shows, parks, and city tours, they take young Ukrainians to special museums promoting Russian achievements and even involve them in military games.
“The Russian propaganda machine goes against the rules of the Child Rights Convention. Since 2014, the occupiers have been trying various ways to erase the sense of being Ukrainian among the people in Crimea. Now, they're focusing on Ukrainian children and their families who were forced to live under Russian control,” he said.
He also mentioned that the occupiers often use threats and intimidation to take these children to Russia.
The ombudsman stressed that, "by making Ukrainian children part of the Russian educational and cultural system against their will, Russia is continuing its genocidal policy against Ukraine."
Deportation of Ukrainian children
It's challenging to determine the exact number of children who were forcibly taken to Russia.
On January 18, Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets reported on Espreso that the Russian Federation had deported "tens of thousands" of Ukrainian children and was withholding information about their whereabouts.
In March, Kateryna Rashevska, a lawyer at the Regional Center for Human Rights, stated on Espreso that over 1.5 million Ukrainian children had been deported since the start of the conflict.
Similarly, lawyer Myroslava Kharchenko mentioned that around 730,000 children had been forcibly removed.
On May 13, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed that more than 19,300 children had been deported by the Russians.
In July, the Russian State Duma announced that approximately 700,000 Ukrainian children had been deported to Russia since 2014.
The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation's Commissioner for Children's Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, due to the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.