Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine said on September 20, 2022, that the Ukrainian authorities tried to return children deprived of parental care, who were illegally taken to Russia after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.
Source: Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk
According to intelligence data, Russian soldiers illegally transported more than 2,000 children deprived of parental care to the Russian Federation as of September 1.
“What we know from intelligence sources, we are talking about 2,161 children. This is what we know as of September 1. These are children deprived of parental care, we call them “status children”. By the way, we have already returned 55 of them.”
Russia is trying to arrange guardianship for some of the Ukrainian children.
“We have data showing that Russia prepares some children for certain foster families. I would like to reiterate my position: this is completely unacceptable. We didn’t allow to adopt or provide accommodation for our children in any form on the territory of an aggressor state. We demand the return of our children and appeal to the international community for assistance in making Russia responsible for this.”
During the negotiations regarding the return of the children back to Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities turn to the Russian Federation and provide the names of the children and information about their guardians.