In the matter of children abducted from Ukraine by Russians, Poland and the European Commission will announce an important initiative in the coming days, said Minister for EU Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk.
He noted that the abduction of Ukrainian children from their families is a great social problem, and even a tragedy and a Russian crime. – The whereabouts of many of these children are unknown. Estimates vary widely, but even the most reticent estimate at least six thousand cases of documented theft of children whose fate is unknown today, he said.
– We cannot close our eyes to this problem. This is a dramatic problem that the Western world must answer and must gather evidence of these crimes and ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice, he added.
He assessed that Poland had historical experience in this matter. – That is why we feel particularly aware of this topic and particularly obliged to act on this matter – he added.
He stressed that this initiative will include striving for effective collection of evidence in order to take the most advanced actions on the part of European states and institutions and help Ukraine recovery of Ukrainian children and, on the other hand, to hold those responsible for these crimes accountable.
Asked by journalists about the details of this initiative, including possible investigative activities regarding these abductions, Szynkowski vel Sęk replied that “we agreed with the EC that we will provide more details at the beginning of next week, because it must also be an initiative prepared in a responsible and properly presented.”
– It aims not only to draw the world’s attention to this dramatic problem, through the very high political level of this initiative, the level of the President of the European Commission and the Polish Prime Minister. It is also aimed at such para-investigative activities – collecting specific evidence, establishing a certain mechanism that will allow this problem to be dealt with seriously – added the minister.
Ukrainian authorities: over 13,000 minors forcibly deported
The issue of the deportation of Ukrainian children by the occupier has been raised since the beginning of the war. In December last year, the authorities in Kiev estimated that at least 13,600 people under the age of 18 were forced to be deported. The greatest concern concerns the fate of children who are orphans.
The deportation of civilians to its territory by one of the belligerents is a violation of the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War.
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