The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports that the Russian-occupation forces have illegally transferred 2,389 children to the territory of the Russian Federation from the temporarily occupied areas of he Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“The forcible transfer of civilians, including children, to the territory of the aggressor state shows signs of abduction. Such actions are a gross violation of international law, in particular international humanitarian law,” the diplomats said.

By destroying houses and killing parents, Russia deprives Ukrainian children of parental care and puts their lives in further danger in Russia.

“We call on the international community to respond immediately to the illegal transfer of children, to step up pressure on Russia to make it end the barbaric war against the Ukrainian people,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.

The abduction of children, as well as hundreds of other crimes committed by the Russian occupiers against civilians in Ukraine, are carefully documented by law enforcement agencies. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Natalia Tolub

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