The Commissioner for the Rights of the Child in Russia, Maria Lvova-Belova, accused together with Russian President Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine, affirmed this Friday that 33 Ukrainian minors returned to their houses in the last two weeks.
"Over the past two weeks, another 33 children from the Kherson, Zaporizhia and Kharkiv regions have been reunited with their families," Lvova-Belova wrote on Telegram. The official added that the minors were housed in spas in southern Russia.
"The children were handed over to their parents or guardians. The volunteers actively participated in the family reunification and helped in communication and payment of the cost of transportation," he added.
According to Lvova-Belova, currently, in the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the Krasnodar region (south of Russia) another 56 children remain waiting to be reunited with their families. Since October 2022, she added, Russian authorities have helped "more than 2,000 children" return to their families.
This week, Lvova-Belova said she did not know the details of the ICC arrest warrant issued against her.
Regarding Kiev's accusations about the forced deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children, he stated that the Ukrainian authorities have not presented concrete evidence, which allows them to "talk about any amount without bearing any responsibility for it."
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Putin and Lvova-Belova as "suspects" of the illegal deportation of children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russia, which is a war crime.
This Thursday it was also announced that the European Commission (EC) and Poland will organize a conference with the purpose of helping to locate more than 16,000 Ukrainian children who would have been deported by Russia to its territory.
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