Ukraine and Chile to deepen cooperation to return home Ukrainian children abducted by Russia

Ukrainian delegation to Chile
Ukrainian delegation to Chile

A Ukrainian delegation headed by Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Daria Herasymchuk visited Chile to deepen cooperation on the return of Ukrainian children abducted by Russia, the presidential press service reported on May 29.

The visit was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Together with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Chile, Yurii Diudin, the delegation met with representatives of the government, Directorate of Human Rights, and the National Institute of Youth of the Social Development and Family Ministry of Chile.

Herasymchuk stressed the importance of returning home Ukrainian children abducted by Russia, noting that there is currently no global system of child safety in the world.

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"We hope for the support of the whole world in our struggle, because it is not just about our children," said the Ukrainian commissioner.

“Today it is Ukrainian children, tomorrow it could be children from any other country.”

Diudin also noted that the Chilean government is ready to become an observer in the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children and expressed hope that the country will play an active role in its work.

Abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia

In 2023, the European Parliament reported that the number of Ukrainian children illegally abducted to Russia could reach 300,000. MEPs believe that Russians began taking Ukrainian children in 2014 when they occupied Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets said during the fourth meeting of the Peace Formula advisers in Davos on Jan. 14 that Ukraine had returned 517 illegally abducted children and 2,828 adults from Russia, including only 150 civilians.

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"No one can say for sure how many Ukrainians, including children, adult civilians, and military personnel, are in Russian captivity," President Zelenskyy said on Feb. 26.

At least 19,546 children have been abducted or forcibly displaced by Russia, and 2,015 children are reported missing, according to the Ukrainian state platform Children of War, as of May 2024.

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