THE Ukraine stated today that the Russia has transferred with violence in the territory of at least 210,000 children after the invasion began on February 24 and accused Moscow of wanting to make them Russian citizens.
Human Rights Defender Lyudmila Denisova said the children were among 1.2 million Ukrainians whom Kyiv said had been transferred to Russia against their will.
Reuters could not confirm from an independent source the number given by Denisova or her allegations, for which she did not provide any evidence to support them.
The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Moscow has denied that it was deliberately targeting civilians after launching what it calls a special military operation in Ukraine and says it is offering humanitarian aid to those seeking to leave Russia.
“When they take our children out of the country, they destroy the national identity, they deprive our country of the future,” Denisova told national television.
“They teach our children there, in Russian, the story that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin tells everyone.”
Russia has said “refugees” are coming to Russia to escape fighting, particularly in southern Ukraine’s Mariupol, which has fallen to Russians after weeks of siege and bombing.
The Geneva Conventions of 1949, which set international legal standards for humanitarian treatment in conflicts, prohibit the mass forced evacuation of civilians during a conflict in the occupying power, classifying them as war crimes.