Espreso. Global

Russian military abduct orphanage kids during Kherson's occupation - media

3 June, 2024 Monday
13:58

The Russian military abducted 46 children from Kherson during the occupation of the city. Many of them can now be adopted in Russia

client/title.list_title

The New York Times reported the information.

The journalists tracked how a network of Russian officials and politicians affiliated with Vladimir Putin's party conducted a campaign to relocate (and in fact abduct) Ukrainian children.

The orphanage housed infants and children under five, some of whom had serious disabilities. The children were not orphans, some of their parents had restricted parental rights. Other children were removed from dysfunctional families or abandoned.

After Russia's full-scale invasion began, the pastor of a local church learned of the plight of the orphanage and convinced the staff to move the children to his church, where he could at least provide them with heat, light, and food.

However, on April 25, 2022, Russian officials found the children and forcibly took them almost 300 km from their homes, all the while filming the children for propaganda videos.

Subsequently, the director of the institution, Olena Kornienko, and one of the teachers, Natalia Lukina, refused to cooperate with the occupation authorities and resigned from the institution because they did not want to participate in what Russian officials could do to the children.

The occupation authorities appointed Tetiana Zavalska, one of the institution's pediatricians who did not hide her pro-Russian views, as the new head of the institution. Soon the orphanage was registered in the Russian system.

On October 21, 2022, ambulances and buses with the letter "Z" arrived at the orphanage. "One by one, the names of 46 children were called out. After that, they were taken into buses and ambulances dressed in winter jackets," the article says.

According to journalists, the children were transported to Simferopol and divided between two children's institutions. Employees of one of them were previously accused of improper childcare.

The New York Times journalists analyzed posts on Russian social media, gained access to photos, videos, text messages and documents. According to legal experts, what happened to the children may constitute a war crime.

It is noted that at least seven children from the Kherson Children's Home returned to Ukraine with the assistance of the Ukrainian authorities and intermediaries from Qatar. Among them are Anastasia and Mykola Volodin, whose mother went to Moscow to get them in February this year.

"Later, Anastasia died in a Ukrainian hospital, just a few weeks after she turned six. The doctor diagnosed her death as an epileptic seizure. Mykola is under the care of the Ukrainian state while his parents are waiting for a court decision on their parental rights," the article says.

The rest of the abducted Kherson children are still under Russian rule.

  • Ukraine has returned five children from Novopetrivka boarding school in the Mykolaiv region who were deported to Russia by the invading forces.
Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Friday
14 June
20:55
Ukraine reports 71 combat engagements on frontline, most intense situation in Pokrovsk sector
20:31
57 leaders will attend: Switzerland unveils lineup for Global Peace Summit
20:10
Austin assesses Ukraine's prospects to get F-16 fighters this summer
19:53
OPINION
Putin is not raising stakes, he is nervous
19:30
Russian tanker calls at Mariupol port for first time since occupation
19:12
Exclusive
Military expert on main problem with Patriot air defense system in Ukraine
18:50
Zelenskyy on Putin's proposal to end war: No different from other ultimatums
18:30
17-year-old girls recruited into Zelenskyy's army: media fakes on June 14 
18:05
Exclusive
Even part of Putin's plan is defeat for Ukraine - diplomat Shamshur
17:43
NATO, Ukraine respond to Putin's claim of offering "peaceful resolution"
17:20
Russia prepares to "evacuate" museum treasures from Crimea
16:57
Review
How Russia's disinformation campaign seeps into Swiss views
16:25
Exclusive
Russia cannot gain foothold in Novooleksandrivka, Donetsk region - 110th brigade spokesman
15:47
Russian forces set up military logistics base near residential buildings in Mariupol
15:26
Russia recognizes Georgian National Legion as terrorist organization
15:04
Russia sends 'volunteer corps' to war in Ukraine with increasing frequency - UK intelligence
14:42
Ukraine's General Staff reports intense Russian attacks in Pokrovsk, Kurakhove sectors
14:20
Ukraine returns bodies of 254 fallen defenders
14:01
Solntsepyok ammunition explodes in Russia's Shebekino, killing three soldiers - media
13:42
Review
Peace Summit in Switzerland. What Ukraine should expect from it
13:20
DPRK transfers almost 5 million artillery shells to Russia, says Seoul
12:59
Exclusive
Systematic strikes on airfields: military expert Zgurets on Russia's targets
12:38
Mine explodes near cooling pond at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant - IAEA
12:17
Review
How Ukrainian robotic platforms work and at what distance. Serhiy Zgurets' column
11:54
Ukrainian partisans expose Russian airfield in Crimea
11:36
Canada sanctions 11 Russian individuals, 16 legal entities supporting war in Ukraine
11:15
Russia hits bus with drone in Sumy region, injuring three people
10:57
Updated
Russia claims to have destroyed 87 drones: oil depot allegedly damaged
10:39
ISW assesses consequences of strikes on Crimea for Russia
10:20
Review
Russian fakes for June 13: selection from Center for Countering Disinformation
09:58
Russia's night attack: Ukraine's air defense destroys 24 of 31 air targets
09:39
Russian army loses 1,250 soldiers, 48 artillery systems, 8 tanks in Ukraine per day
2024, Thursday
13 June
22:00
Review
Victorious news of 841st day of war: 5 destroyed Russian boats, $50 billion for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets
21:48
Ukraine, US sign bilateral security agreement for 10 years
21:32
Not only procurement, but strengthening production: Stoltenberg on expanding military aid to Ukraine
21:15
Exclusive
Ukraine to join NATO's JATEC training centre in Poland - Stoltenberg
20:54
Ukraine's IT Army shuts down Russian bank provider - Ministry of Digital Transformation
20:35
Russia plans to fill irrigation canals with artesian water after Kakhovka HPP destruction
20:16
Japan, Ukraine sign 10-year term security agreement: what it provides for
19:58
Updated
Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih kills 9 people, injures 37 others
More news