OSCE member states are initiating an investigation into the abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.
"I welcome the invocation of the Moscow Mechanism by 45 OSCE States to address the forcible transfer of Ukrainian children by Russia. We need resolute joint actions to stop this genocidal practice, return children back to Ukraine, and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable," Kuleba tweeted.
Earlier, the Polish Senate unanimously condemned the abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia. The resolution was supported by all 90 senators present in the chamber.
According to official figures, 19,514 Ukrainian children are considered to have been illegally deported to the Russian Federation. Some 4,390 orphans and children deprived of parental care have been abducted.