The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba informed on March 30, 2023, on Twitter, that forty-five member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) initiated the use of the Moscow Mechanism to investigate the deportation of children from the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.
Source: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba
“I welcome the invocation of the Moscow Mechanism by 45 OSCE States to address the forcible transfer of Ukrainian children by Russia. We need resolute joint actions to stop this genocidal practice, return children back to Ukraine, and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable,” tweeted the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.
The OSCE Moscow Mechanism allows participating states to send expert missions to assist in addressing a specific issue or problem related to the OSCE human dimension.
Last time the Moscow Mechanism of the OSCE was used in relation to Russia on July 28, 2022.
According to the official data, 19,514 Ukrainian children are considered illegally deported to the Russian Federation. 4,390 orphans and children deprived of parental care were kidnapped.
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