International Conference on the Return of Ukrainian Children From Russian Captivity

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, March 27, 2023
International Conference on the Return of Ukrainian Children From Russian Captivity

Ursula von der Leyen and Mateusz Morawiecki initiated a large-scale project to return more than 16.000 deported children home

The former ombudsman of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova, named the number of Ukrainian children who were forcibly deported to Russia by the occupiers — 121.000. There, the criminal Maria Lyova-Belova has already prepared a criminal legal basis for the "adoption" of Ukrainian children. More than 6.000 children were sent to "re-education camps". Ukraine demands Russia to provide lists of abducted children.

In turn, the European Commission and Poland announced the creation of a mechanism for returning Ukrainian children home and announced an international conference.

"There is a topic that is particularly important to me, and it is the case of the abduction of Ukrainian children. What is happening there — the deportation of children — is a terrible reminder of the dark times of our history. This is a war crime. Today we know about 16.200 children who have been deported, and only 300 have been returned as of today. These criminal acts fully justify the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court. In this area, in partnership with the Ukrainians, prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and I launched an initiative to bring back these children who were abducted by Russia. We are organising a conference for this," Ursula von der Leyen.

The decision was announced on March 23 during the Eurocouncil meeting. Mrs von der Leyen emphasised that maximum international pressure will be exerted on Russia, including all the tools of the UN, to provide information on "adopted" children and to return every minor Ukrainian to Ukraine.

The president of the European Commission emphasised the importance of the agreements reached to provide Ukraine with 1 million ammunition and a macro-financial tranche of €1.5 billion.

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