Nearly 20’000 Ukrainian children have been kidnapped and taken to Russia.
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Some of those kidnapped are war orphans. Some were separated from their parents during ‘filtration’. And some have been lured into Russia through the summer camp scheme – Ukrainian parents were told that their children would receive a brief respite from the war. Instead, they were abducted.
They’ve been transferred or forcibly relocated to the Russian Federation or Republic of Belarus from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
It was possible to retrieve only
abducted children are orphans or children without parental care.
of abducted kids have been returned to Ukraine.
Find out more details about Russia’s child trafficking schemes from reputable media sources.
The New York Times
From the start of the invasion, the Russian authorities purposefully removed children from Ukraine, aiming to turn them against their homeland.
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Important Stories
How Russian parliamentary leader Sergey Mironov and his new wife adopted a child kidnapped from Ukraine and changed her identity.
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The Guardian
Thousands of Ukrainian children put through Russian 
‘re-education’ camps, US report finds.
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We can assume that 1,5 million Ukrainian children can remain both in the occupied territories and in the territory of the Russia
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The Telegraph
Belarus abducts thousands of Ukrainian children: Alexander Lukashenko implicated in alleged war crime
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Novaya Gazeta Europe
Who is Maria Lvova-Belova, the children’s rights advocate accused of war crimes alongside Putin?
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The forced transfer and abduction of children in conflict zones constitute a blatant violation of the fourth Geneva Convention and are an appalling war crime. Since the start of the war and up ’til this day millions of Ukrainian children endure psychological trauma from the war. To address the issue, from January 31 to February 1, 2024, conference ‘Russia’s War on Children’ was held in Riga, Latvia, to bring justice to Ukrainian children.
Topics covered:
Children’s first-hand testimonies and stories
Overview and discussion of political and legal aspects
What can be done? Return, accountability & awareness
We continue the fight to halt the forced transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia
and ensure their safe repatriation and family reunification, while upholding the child’s welfare and international laws.
Objectives of the Conference
Support the return of children and family reunification
Explore avenues of legal and political accountability
Raise public awareness
Foster international support
Ms Olena Zelenska
First Lady of Ukraine
H.E. Mr Anatolii Kutsevol
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia
Mr Egils Levits
President of Latvia from 2019 to 2023
Ms Daria Herasymchuk
Advisor – Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children’s Rights and Rehabilitation of Children
Ms. Liene Dambiņa
Chairman of the Board 
of the Children’s Hospital Foundation
Mr John Tully
President of AmCham Latvia
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Ms Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Latvia
Ms Olena Khomenko
Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Chairperson of the Special Committee on Ukrainian Children
Ms Kristīne Līce
Legislation and International Law Advisor to The President of Latvia
Ms Mariia Mezentseva
Member of the Parliament of Ukraine
Ms Gunta Sloga
Executive Director of the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence
Mr Andriy Kostin
Prosecutor General of Ukraine
Mr Shan Patel
Senior Adviser on the Prosecution of International Crimes of European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine
Ms Natalia Zaba
Google Teaching Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe
H.E. Ms Evika Siliņa
Prime Minister of The Republic of Latvia
H.E. Mr Krišjānis Kariņš
Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Latvia
Ms Andra Levite
First Lady of the Republic of Latvia (2019-2023)
Ms Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
President of Latvia (1999-2007)
Ms Sandra Kalniete
Member of The European Parliament
Mr Jim O’Brien
Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia (USA)
Mr Roberts Zīle
Vice president of European Parliament
Ms Kerry Kennedy
President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Mr Christopher “Kip” Hale
Chief of Staff of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group for Ukraine
Ms Inese Lībiņa-Egnere
Minister of Justice of Latvia
Mr Andriy Yermak
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Head of the Coordination Council for the Protection and Safety of Children as a consultative and advisory body under the President of Ukraine
Ms Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
The Lemkin Institute, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Ms Cecilie Hellestveit
Fellow at the Norwegian Academy of International Law
Ms Iryna Suslova
Representative of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights of Ukraine
Ms Mariam Lambert
Co-Founder – ground Director, Orphans Feeding Foundation (the Netherlands)
Ms Darya Kasyanova
Head of the Ukrainian Child Rights Network
Mr Maksimas Milta
Country Director of the Reckoning Project
Ms Katrin Göring-Eckardt
Vice president of Bundestag
Mr Nathaniel Raymond
Executive director of the Yale Humanitarian Research Lab
Ms Yulia Usenko
Prosecutor General Office
The President of Ukraine approved the Bring Kids Back UA action plan which includes 7 key blocks:
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
The President of Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
The President of Ukraine
Since February 24, everything has changed in our country. And literally every day now is a day of protection for us. Protection of all our people, children, our future. Protection of a free country where every child can, when he or she grows up, live the life he or she wants. Without coercion or oppression.
To strengthen the government’s work with deported and forcibly displaced children and add to the work process, the President of Ukraine decided to establish the Coordination Council for the Protection and Safety of Children.
Return of abducted Ukrainian children by international and national instruments;
Better Care System: development of family-based care, reform of the system of institutional care;
Reintegration of children, organization of their socialization and relevant educational initiatives;
The Child Rights Protection Center;
Accountability. determination of crimes and justice;
Inter-parliamentary interaction;
Communications and public events.

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