26 October 2016

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Ukraine urges Russia to disclose information about children illegally taken out of Donbas

Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup at the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement and First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko stated that Kyiv has reiterated its request to Russia to provide information about children unlawfully taken out of Ukraine's Donbas.


"The Ukrainian side resolutely opposes any use of children and adolescents in the war. We once again appealed to the Russian Federation with the demand to provide information concerning the children unlawfully taken out of the territory of Ukraine. We have also expressed deep concern about the fact that international humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, are not allowed to visit infant homes and special children's institutions located in the occupied territories," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook after a meeting of the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Monday, July 4.

She also noted that the meeting focused on discussing the violations of children's rights in the conflict zone. The meeting was also attended by Ukrainian President's Commissioner for children's rights Mykola Kuleba.

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