The portal “Children of War” published data on 358 dead, 693 wounded and 204 missing as a result of the Russian invasion of children.
As reported by Ukrinform with reference to press service of the Ombudsman’s OfficeAksana Filipishina, a representative of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke about this on the air of the Belsat TV channel.
“Today, this portal published data on 693 wounded, 358 dead, 204 missing children and at least 5,911 children illegally deported to Russia,” the representative of the Ombudsman said.
In particular, she spoke about the return of the wounded boy Alexander, who was taken to the uncontrolled territory of Ukraine and separated from his mother. And also about the family separated during the deportation, the mother was left in a filtration camp, the grandmother was returned to Mariupol, and the children of three and eight years old were taken to the temporarily occupied territories.
Filipishina noted that the Ombudsman’s Office responds to all facts that become known, including through the media.
So, according to her, it became known about 108 orphans from the Donetsk region aged 5 to 16, who were given citizenship of the Russian Federation and placed in foster families in Russia.
Also, the Ombudsman’s Office received information about nine Ukrainian children from Donetsk, deprived of parental care, who were taken to the Moscow region and placed in a Russian family.
The Office believes that such facts became possible as a result of Putin’s signing on May 30 of a decree on a simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship by orphans, children deprived of parental care, incapacitated persons who are citizens of Ukraine and are located in the temporarily occupied territories.
With this step, the Russian authorities want to legalize the abduction of Ukrainian children, the representative of the Ombudsman noted.
In order to return Ukrainian children, restore their right to citizenship and education in a family, the Ombudsman’s Office turned to the Russian side on these and other known facts, but did not receive a response.
Filipishina noted that despite the fact that all these facts violate articles 8 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the Russian Federation is also a party, the Ukrainian Ombudsman is ready to establish an appropriate dialogue with all interested parties to return Ukrainian children to the territory of our state.
As reported, on August 1, Daria Gerasimchuk, Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights and Children’s Rehabilitation, announced the launch of the Children of War state portal for searching for children. It was created on behalf of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.