DISINFO: The kidnapping of Ukrainian children by Russia is an absurd hoax
Information currently circulating [on the "forced re-education" of Ukrainian children in Western media is based on a report published by researchers from Yale University as part of a programme funded by the US State Department. This program has a clearly stated objective: "to hold Russia accountable" for the crimes attributed to it by the White House.
The study refers to the alleged practice of kidnapping Ukrainian children under the pretext of evacuating them to Russia, and then re-educated in certain "camps". Emphasis is placed on the word "camp" to conjure up associations with Nazi concentration camps, but little mention is made of the fact that these are in fact summer vacation camps, where children are placed in comfortable conditions.
Videos showing cheerful children welcomed into the camp were also taken as evidence of the mentioned abductions, as it seemed to the report's authors that it was a "well staged spectacle". The researchers also used satellite images […]. It is a mystery, however, how the authors were able to tell, from these images, that children were "re-educated" or forcibly locked up.
Classic denial of war crimes committed by the Russian armed forces and the Russian federal administration.
Contrary to the information about the report of the conflict observatory from Yale University being the only source of information on this story, there are many other sources not funded by the US State Department. In any case, the conflict observatory publishes factual information that is verified through an established methodology (page 22 of the report). Most of the information used is quoted, open sourced and can be independently checked (pages 24 to 34).
Filippo Grande UN High Commissioner for Refugees declared that “Giving [Ukraine’s children Russian] nationality or having them adopted goes against the fundamental principles of child protection in situations of war....This is something that is happening in Russia and must not happen.”
Ukraine offers a platform to centralise information on children: Children of War, it therefore helps children to rejoin their families.
French TV journalists from BFM filmed the testimonies of Ukrainian families, children and adopting families in Russia in the documentary film Ukraine, the stolen children. The NGO save Ukraine managed to repatriate 120 children from occupied territories and 50 from Russia.
The abduction and forced transportation of Ukrainian children to Russia has been documented by the UN, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International. Ukraine has already reported the actions of Russia's children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On 01 March, Poland launched a joint initiative with the European Commission to trace Ukrainian children abducted by Russia.
On 02 March, International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim Khan decided to seek authorisation to open an investigation into the situation in Ukraine. It includes within its scope any past and present allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed on any part of the territory of Ukraine by any person.
« Torture, ill-treatment, sexual violence, and summary executions are known to have been committed by Russian forces. Not even children are being spared. Russia must be held accountable for these horrific crimes. Putin must be held accountable.“
See also our article ‘Blessed’ are the ‘evacuated’.
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