More of 6,000 Ukrainian minorsbetween four months and 17 years of age, were sent by Vladimir Putin’s troops to reeducation camps or to Russian adoption systemaccording to a study by Yale University Research Laboratoryfinanced by the Department of State from USA.
According to that study, Russia sent more than 6,000 minors from Ukraine to those fields or other facilities from the start of the russian invasion from the Ukrainian territory February 24th of 2022.
The expert Nathaniel Raymondexecutive director of that American laboratory known in English as Yale H.R.L.indicated in a press conference that have evidence that Russia violated the Geneva Convention and “other elements” of international law on rights of minors and their protection in armed conflict.
According to the research, Moscow holds Ukrainian minors in 43 centers, of which 41 were used in the past for children’s summer camps.
Raymond also specified that “the 78% of those facilities carry out some form of reeducation of minors Ukrainians, mainly from areas like Donetsk and Lugansk”, in eastern Ukraine.
He added that there are other minors who confirmed that they have been placed in the adoption system and in russian orphanages.
The expert warned about the “massive” geographic reach of these Russian activities, because the centers where Ukrainian minors are sent are in various places, such as the peninsula of crimea -occupied by Russia-, Moscow, the Black Sea and Siberia.
There is even such a facility in Magadanon the Russian Pacific coast, “closer to the continental US than to Moscow”Raymond pointed out.
The expert explained that there are two groups of minors: on the one hand, there are from Donetsk and Luganskwho make up the bulk of the 6,000 children, whose number has been estimated based on reports of transfers to re-education camps.
He second belongs to what Russia calls “evacuees” from Kherson, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhyawhich, according to Raymond, is being put into the Russian adoption system.
The American expert stressed that they have been able to identify some 32 centers where they are being carried out “systematic re-education efforts” to “expose” Ukrainian minors to a military educationin addition to a Russian academic education and a cultural patriotism.
Another of those responsible for the US study, Caitlin Howardexplained that with regard to military training, it is not about minors sitting in a classroom listening to what their instructors say, but rather that it consists of “the handling of firearms”.
“We have video and photographic images of (the minors) going through roads with obstacles, in physical training, driving vehicles and weapons…”, he listed.
Raymond concluded that with these acts Russia is taking a comprehensive approach at the government level to re-educate, resettle and carry out forced adoptions of Ukrainian minors.
“This is exactly consistent with what some of the early trials of Nazis before the Nuremberg tribunal assumed. There is no doubt that there is no confusion in international law: Russia’s actions are illegal and may constitute a war crime and crime against humanity”, he assured.
Last January, the UN He called for the shelling of residential buildings by Russian troops to be investigated as war crimes.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky accused Russia of trying to cover up their war crimes before the United Nations Security Council through disinformation campaigns within the body.
The kyiv targeting came after the Russian representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenziaassured that the Ukrainian government was preparing initiatives to “completely eliminate” the Church Ukrainian Orthodox.
The Ukrainian representative to the United Nations, Sergei KislitsyaHe stated that it is “regrettable” that his Russian counterpart, Vasili Nebenzia, “is capable of abusing his permanent seat to make the Council listen to his disinformation narratives.”
“Moscow is still trying to divert attention of the Council of the real threats to security derived from its aggression”, he declared.
Kislitsia held that freedom of religion is a human rightas it is collected in several documents of international organizations.
However, he denounced that during the war Russian troops have destroyed more than 270 churches and holy buildings.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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