About 150,000 illegally deported Ukrainian children may be on the territory of russia. Dmytro Lubinets, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, was cited as saying by ukrinform.ua.
We assume that this number reaches approximately 150,000 children. russia says that there are 733,000 Ukrainian children they keep on their territory. However, in our opinion, this figure is exaggerated,” said Lubinets.
According to him, most children were taken to russia from those regions that were temporarily occupied, namely Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Crimea. Other violations were recorded too.
Ukraine is now seeking to legally recognize the deportation of Ukrainian children during the war as genocide, Lubinets said.
“Why do we talk about genocide? Because according to international law, one of its characteristics is forced displacement from one ethnic group to another. They take Ukrainian children who speak Ukrainian, move them to the territory of the russian Federation and say that they were never Ukrainian. They forbid to use the Ukrainian language, do not issue documents, do not release children,” Lubinets noted.