The First Ladies of Ukraine and South Korea Met With Ukrainian Children 

by Meifan Honcharuk
Sunday, July 16, 2023
The First Ladies of Ukraine and South Korea Met With Ukrainian Children 

Kim Keon-hee and Olena Zelenska visited the Ukrainian centre for the protection of the rights of the child

On 16th July, Kim Keon-hee accompanied by the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and the ombudsman for children's rights, Dmytro Lubinets visited the centre with children who were returned from deportation to Russia. Kim Kon-hee learned about the fate of children during the war: the number of abducted, injured, and dead children. Lubinets also noted that it is difficult to return children illegally exported by Russian invaders to the family. In 1.5 years of full-scale war, Ukraine returned only 383 children. The main problem is the Kremlin's disinterest in providing information about the children taken out and their return to their families.

During the tour, the guest saw the departments where children are provided with legal, social, medical and psychological assistance. Lubinets also spoke about the procedure for fixing war crimes committed by soldiers of the armed forces of Russia.

However, Kim Keon-hee was able to hear with her ears the story of one family that suffered at the hands of Russia. Kim Keon-hee met girls who recently returned from the temporarily occupied territory. The girls are sisters who lived in the occupation with their grandmother because the invaders did not allow their mother to take them to the territory controlled by Ukraine. The girls talked with the first ladies of the 2 countries.

The first ladies also allowed the rescued girls to give them temporary "tattoos": in a shape of a heart for Olena and with a Parton rescue dog for Kim Keon-hee.

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