US slams Russia over alleged abduction of Ukrainian children

US slams Russia over alleged abduction of Ukrainian children

/ 11:44 AM June 13, 2024

US slams Russia over alleged abduction of Ukrainian children

Boys play on destroyed Russian military equipment on Mykhailivska Square in the center of Kyiv on June 11, 2024, amid the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday again accused Russia of taking Ukrainian children, some of whom were put up for adoption, after fresh media accounts detailed alleged abductions.

“This is despicable and appalling. These Ukrainian children belong with their families inside Ukraine,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

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“Russia is waging a war not just against the Ukrainian military — but against the Ukrainian people.”

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An investigation by the Financial Times, published Wednesday, identified and located four Ukrainian children allegedly transferred to Russia, then offered for adoption on the website usynovite.

The children are aged between 8 and 15 years old.

According to the report, the name of one child was changed to Russian and no mention is made on the site of their Ukrainian origins.

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Ukraine is demanding the return of nearly 20,000 minors it says have been illegally taken by Russia since the start of Moscow’s invasion in 2022.

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The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his children’s rights commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, over the allegations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told AFP last month that he planned to make the return of children a top priority at this weekend’s summit in Switzerland on ending the war.

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