18:22 04.07.2016

Kyiv urges Russia to disclose whereabouts of children illegally taken out of Ukraine children

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Kyiv urges Russia to disclose whereabouts of children illegally taken out of Ukraine children

Ukraine's representative in the subgroup for humanitarian affairs of the trilateral contact group on Donbas settlement, first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko has said that Kyiv reiterated its request to Russia to provide information about children unlawfully taken out of Ukraine.

"The Ukrainian side is strongly opposed to any use of children and adolescents in the war. We once again addressed the Russian Federation with the demand to provide information concerning the children unlawfully taken out of the territory of Ukraine, we also expressed deep concern about the non-admission of international humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, to children and special children's institutions on the occupied territories," she wrote on a Facebook page after a meeting of the humanitarian subgroup of the trilateral contact group in Minsk on Monday.

Gerashchenko also sais that Ukraine is ready to evacuate children's homes for the terminally ill, bedridden children from Luhansk region and involve the Red Cross International Committee into this process, if there is a consent of the second party.

"We agreed that the issue of protection of children's rights will be raised at one of the next meetings of humanitarian groups in order to arrive at a specific decision," she summed up adding that the meeting was also attended by the Ukrainian president's commissioner for children's rights, Mykola Kuleba.

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