Ukraine has returned eight more children kidnapped by occupiers. Photo
On Wednesday, December 6, St. Nicholas Day, Ukraine returned home eight children who had been abducted by Russia. Four girls and four boys aged 8 to 18 will soon be reunited with their families.
The good news was announced on Telegram by the head of the Presidential Office, Andrii Yermak, and the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets. According to them, the State of Qatar and UNICEF made a significant contribution to the process of returning the children.
According to the Ombudsman, the work was carried out within the framework of the implementation of the approved action plan of the President of Ukraine Bring Kids Back UA. His team will continue to work to bring Ukrainian children home, no matter how difficult it is, because each of them is important.
"For these children, a pre-Christmas miracle has truly happened today - they will meet and hug their relatives in their homeland," Lubinets emphasized.
As a reminder, Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories said that there are currently about 20,000 Ukrainian children who have been illegally deported from Ukraine by Russia. However, there is reason to believe that the true number of children abducted by Russia could be hundreds of thousands.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- As of December 1, 387 young Ukrainian citizens were returned home from Russia.
- Ukraine has returned a boy from Russia - he is already at home with his family - and four other minors. A 17-year-old girl and three younger boys have not seen their families since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
- Beth Van Skaak, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, said that Russia continues to take Ukrainian children from the cities temporarily occupied by its troops to its territory. Moscow is involving far-right biker communities in this process.