Abducted Children Twice Lost Their Childhood

by Meifan Honcharuk
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Abducted Children Twice Lost Their Childhood

23 countries called on Russia to return children illegally deported from Ukraine

On June 1, International Children's Day, 23 countries created a resolution on children abducted from Ukraine. The embassies of Poland, Great Britain, Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the EU Delegation to Ukraine condemned Russia and called on it to return the children to their homeland. The document also refers to the abuse of abducted children. Recall that the aggressor transported to Russia from the occupied territories more than 20.000 children of different ages.

"We call on Russia to stop the forced transfer of children to the Russian Federation and stop the forced re-education of Ukrainian children and the coercion to become Russians," the document says.

The embassies also note that the Kremlin committed such a crime to destroy Ukrainian identity.

At the same time, Ukraine is constantly fighting for the return of all Ukrainians to home. Exchanges are the main topic of negotiations between the two countries. According to the message of the deputy prime minister for the reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories, Irina Vereshchuk, 371 children who were performed by Russia returned home.

She also noted that the process of returning children is challenging. Currently, no international organization influences the aggressor country – even among those with a mandate to protect children worldwide.

Russia, having started the war against the neighbouring country, by default destroyed the childhood of all minor citizens of Ukraine. But for whose children Russia has kidnapped and is trying to "turn into Russians", this period of life will be a trauma and the most terrible childhood memory.

You will be interested