Bi-Weekly Digest 1
- April 24: Katya Pavlevych, advocacy manager of Where Are Our People? campaign, held a panel about forcible deportation of Ukrainians to Russia and genocide at Ukraine Action Summit 2023.
- April 22: More than 70 camps for forcible stay of deported Ukrainian children have been created on the territory of the Russian Federation until this day, Daria Gerasymchuk, adviser to the President of Ukraine on children’s rights and child rehabilitation, reported.
- April 20: Four Ukrainian children were forcibly deported from Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast by the Wagner mercenary Group, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office reported on April 20.
- April 19: European parliamentarians held a debate on Russia’s forced deportation of Ukrainian children. Soon, the EU plans to hold a conference that should increase international pressure on the Russian Federation to establish the whereabouts of kidnapped Ukrainian children and ensure their return home.
- April 18: The Ukrainian Government adopted the Resolution “On issues of protection of persons, including children, deported or forcibly displaced in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.” The resolution approved the Procedure for creating, maintaining and accessing information of the Unified Register of Deported Persons.
- April 13: Wagner Group members reportedly are training Ukrainian children to use weapons as part of the Russian Young Army Cadets National Movement (Yunarmiya) in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
- April 11: Lvova-Belova published an English-language pamphlet aimed at an international audience and entitled “Activities of the Russian Federation Presidential Commission for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova to protect children during a special military operation.” The pamphlet notably confirms that Russian authorities are engaged in several lines of effort pertaining to Ukrainian children in occupied areas of Ukraine.
- April 8: 31 children forcibly deported by the Russians from the occupied territories were returned to Ukraine. The rescue mission was difficult: two children could not be brought to Ukraine due to the death of their grandmother.
- April 5: 49 countries of the world in a joint statement condemned Russia for organising a meeting of the Security Council regarding the alleged legal grounds for the abduction of Ukrainian children from temporarily occupied territories, the joint statement of these countries said.
- In an effort to address the disturbing issue of Ukrainian children being deported to Russia, Senator Peters has introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning this heinous act.
- France approved a resolution regarding deported Ukrainian children. The resolution condemns the deportation of Ukrainian children by Russia and the actions of the Russian Federation itself, which administratively en masse naturalises, changes the names and origin of children abducted from Ukraine.
- Deportation is Russia’s fundamental imperial policy, practised over each colonised nation. In 1944, Russia’s leadership (then called “USSR”) forcibly deported 400,000 Chechens from their homes in just 8 days
- This deportation system comes straight out of the Soviet playbook. This led to the disappearance of entire ethnic groups and a threat of wiping out whole nations within the body of the USSR
- The deportation of Ukrainians to Russia is a well-planned Russia’s policy. Many government structures, like the Office of the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights headed by war criminal Maria Lvova-Belova, are involved. As well as the Russian Orthodox Church.
Experts on the topic
If you want to receive any special comment on deportation or conduct an interview, these experts can answer your questions. For receiving their contacts, please, reach out to me.
- Dariia Herasimchuk, Adviser and Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children’s Right.
- Anastasiia Marushevska, co-founder of PR Army and Where Are Our People.
- Kateryna Rashevska, lawyer at Regional Centre for Human Rights. Expert on forcible deportation of Ukrainian children, illegal adoption of Ukrainian children by Russians.
- Alyona Lunyova, advocacy manager, expert on human rights and deportations, NGO Zmina and “Ukraine. 5 am Coalition”.
- Mykyta Petrovets, lawyer at Regional Centre for Human Rights, expert on deportation of children, international humanitarian law/international criminal law, genocide.
- Daryna Pidgorna, lawyer at Regional Centre for Human Rights, investigator of Russian educational policy for forcibly deported Ukrainian children.
- Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine which is directly responsible for bringing back deported Ukrainians.
- Vladyslav Havrylov, PhD in history, researcher of the history of Russian deportations.
- Serhii Hromenko, Ukrainian historian, publicist and public figure, candidate of historical sciences, expert of the Ukrainian Institute of the Future.
- Serhii Humennyi, PhD in history, expert of Poles mass deportation and history of illegal crossing of the Polish-Soviet border.
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