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MFA requests criminal case against Russian ombudsman who adopted kidnapped Ukrainian child

She also confessed to having facilitated the illegal adoption of another 350 children in the Russian Federation.

MFA requests criminal case against Russian ombudsman who adopted kidnapped Ukrainian child
Dmytro Kuleba
Photo: EPA/UPG

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine paid its attention to the statement of the Commissioner for children's rights under the President of the Russian Federation Maria Lvova-Belova`s illegal adoption of a Ukrainian child, who was abducted in Mariupol by the Russian army, the report reads.

The Russian commissioner also confessed to facilitating the illegal adoption of about 350 more children from the occupied regions of Donbas.

The transfer of Ukrainian children from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia and their subsequent adoption by Russian citizens grossly violate the legislation of Ukraine, as well as the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949, which provides for the obligation of the occupying state not to change the civil status of children, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, the statement reads.

At the request of Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, the MFA initiates the opening of a case against Lvova-Belova.

We call on the international community to strongly condemn the ongoing crimes committed by Russia and its officials against children in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, the minister emphasized.

He added that Ukraine will continue to make every effort to ensure that Ukrainian children who were illegally taken and adopted in Russia are returned to their parents or legal guardians.

Russians continue to detain abducted children from the districts of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions in the occupied Crimea.

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