Von der Leyen and Moravetsky announce joint initiative to repatriate Ukrainian children from Russia

Von der Leyen and Moravetsky announce joint initiative to repatriate Ukrainian children from Russia

Russian troops have taken at least 6,000 Ukrainian children to camps across Russia

Von der Leyen and Moravetsky announce joint initiative to repatriate Ukrainian children from Russia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that she and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will work with the Ukrainian authorities in a mission to bring home Ukrainian children taken from the country by Russia.

Source. This was reported by CNBC.

"The deportation of children is a war crime. In partnership with Ukrainians, Prime Minister (of Poland) Mateusz Morawiecki and I have launched an initiative to repatriate Ukrainian children abducted by Russia," von der Leyen wrote in a Twitter post.

Ukrainian and Western officials allege that Russian forces have taken at least 6,000 Ukrainian children to camps and facilities across Russia for forced adoption and military training.

A report released in February by the Conflict Observatory at Yale University's Laboratory for Humanitarian Studies, titled "Russia's Systematic Program to Re-educate and Adopt Ukrainian Children," outlines the Kremlin's systematic efforts to abduct children and impede their return. The Kremlin's goal is to "re-educate" them to become pro-Russian, the report says.

Background. Meanwhile, it has become known that Russia is initiating a UN Security Council meeting on Ukrainian children taken to Russia.

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