125 children who were forcibly deported from the temporarily occupied territories to Russia have already been returned to Ukraine. In total, almost 14,000 Ukrainian children were illegally taken to the Russian Federation.
This was reported by Darya Gerasimchuk, the adviser to the President of Ukraine on children's rights and child rehabilitation, informs Censor.NET.
We have managed to identify and verify the details of at least 13,899 children who were abducted and deported by the Russian army, and unfortunately we can say that only 125 children have been brought back home. It seems that this is very little, but behind each unit stands the fate of a Ukrainian child, such an important child," Gerasimchuk said.
According to her, 897 children are currently known to have been injured as a result of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine.
"Even if the physical body was not damaged by the bombings of the Russian Federation, every Ukrainian child was affected by the war. More than 7.5 million Ukrainian children who lived on the territory of our country before the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine suffered," said the adviser-Envoy to the President of Ukraine.
The international community should also help Ukraine to return children illegally taken to Russia, in particular, with the help of legal mechanisms.
This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Berbock, at a joint press conference with her Dutch colleague, Wopke Hoekstra, in The Hague.
The two countries, according to Burbok, want to take a joint step in The Hague in solving one of Russia's biggest crimes. Thousands of Ukrainian children were illegally transported to Russia from the occupied Ukrainian territories, which is a crime, she emphasized.
"The world should not forget about these children, ... for this we are putting this issue on the agenda today, because this crime should not go unpunished," Burbok emphasized.