Hope for Reunion: Repatriation Deal Reached for Ukrainian Children Deported to Russia

Ukraine | April 25, 2024, Thursday // 11:03|  views

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Russia has declared its intention to repatriate 48 deported Ukrainian children to their families, according to Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian Commissioner for Children's Rights. Lvova-Belova stated that Moscow and Kyiv have reached an agreement on the matter, facilitated by mediation from Qatar. Under the arrangement, 29 children are slated to return to their families in Ukraine, while 19 will be reunited with relatives in Russia.

The announcement comes amidst the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, with the conflict resulting in the forced removal of thousands of Ukrainian children to Russian territory. However, Kyiv has not yet confirmed the existence of such an agreement. Ukrainian authorities have highlighted the distressing scale of the deportations, noting that since the onset of the war, Russia has deported at least 19,500 Ukrainian children, with only 350 repatriated thus far.

The forced removal of children to Russian territory has drawn international condemnation, culminating in the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova. The warrant underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgency of addressing the humanitarian crisis affecting innocent children caught in the crossfire of conflict.

While the prospect of repatriating 48 children offers a glimmer of hope, it also underscores the broader imperative of resolving the conflict and ensuring the protection and welfare of all civilians, particularly vulnerable children. The involvement of Qatar in mediating the agreement reflects international efforts to mitigate the humanitarian impact of the conflict and facilitate diplomatic solutions.

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