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Thousands of Ukrainian Children Reportedly Relocated to Belarus Amid War



A recent study conducted by Yale University's Humanitarian Research Lab at the School of Public Health has uncovered startling data regarding the forced relocation of Ukrainian children to Belarus since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The research presents the most comprehensive analysis to date on Belarus' alleged involvement in this operation.

The report indicates that children ranging from 6 to 17 years old have been transported from at least 17 cities within the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine. More than 2,000 of these children were taken to the Dubrava children’s center in Belarus' Minsk region between September 2022 and May 2023. Additionally, over 390 children were relocated to 12 other facilities in the region.

This situation adds to the already alarming figure of nearly 20,000 Ukrainian children reportedly taken to Russia since the conflict began, as noted by Kateryna Rashevska, a legal expert at the Regional Center for Human Rights in Kyiv. Ukrainian war crimes prosecutors are currently investigating these forced transfers as potential acts of genocide.

In other developments, Russian shelling in southern Ukraine's Kherson region resulted in two deaths and at least 12 injuries on Thursday. Among the deceased was a 75-year-old woman in the town of Kherson.

Simultaneously, the United Kingdom's top foreign diplomat, David Cameron, visited the Port of Odesa, marking his first trip since being appointed foreign minister and the first such visit by a British diplomat to the city. He affirmed the U.K.'s ongoing support for Ukraine, especially in military aid, amidst various challenges faced by Ukraine, including international distractions and limited aid.

The U.K. has been a significant contributor to Ukraine's military efforts, providing $5.7 billion in aid and training 30,000 Ukrainian troops. Cameron emphasized the U.K.'s unwavering support, countering the notion that the West might lose interest in the conflict.

President Zelenskyy, addressing African journalists in Kyiv, stressed the urgency of ending the war and avoiding a stalemate, which he fears could lead to future conflicts. He reiterated that Ukraine would not engage in negotiations with Russia until a complete withdrawal from Ukrainian territories is achieved.

So, What Does This Mean?

The Yale University report highlights a grave humanitarian issue in the ongoing Ukraine conflict, with thousands of Ukrainian children forcibly relocated to Belarus, raising concerns of potential genocide. The situation underscores the complexity and severity of the war, extending beyond territorial disputes to impact the lives of the most vulnerable. Internationally, the commitment to support Ukraine remains strong, as evidenced by the U.K.'s continued aid and diplomatic support. However, the war's prolonged nature and the risk of a stalemate pose significant challenges, emphasizing the need for a decisive and humanitarian resolution to the conflict.

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Unknown member
Dec 21, 2023

There is a petition to protest against this kidnapping: https://www.change.org/p/bringbackukrainiankids-253b7b69-ad0f-45c5-a4ba-5c31f2c64440

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023

It's terrible that children in Ukraine are being kidnapped by the russians. It's terrible that Gazan children are being killed.


By the way, whoever wrote this article, maybe Paul, called the war "territorial disputes." It is not. The war is an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign nation, by putin and russia.

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Unknown member
Nov 24, 2023
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Do people remember that Russia relinquished control of Ukraine. In return, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons. Its not a territorial dispute. It is Russia breaking every rule there is.

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023

This makes me profoundly sad. I am also saddened by the plight of children in Gaza, Sudan, Niger, Burma ... everywhere. So much tragedy.

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023

It's so weird how with one conflict Paul cares about children being victimized by an occupier while in another he's desperate to excuse the far more brutal actions of the occupier.

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023
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This may be a case of a 'jaundiced eye' ... Not passing judgement. I am guilty of it, too. These days when we see so much awfulness it is hard to give others the benefit of doubt.

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023

The sad commercials on TV with the dirt-poor old Ukrainian Jewish women makes me wonder how ANY government could let these vulnerable old ladies forage for mushrooms and other wild edibles. I think the corruption in Ukraine runs deep and it's probably not fixable. Just a thought.

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Unknown member
Nov 17, 2023
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The people in rural Ukraine live a different life. Those old ladies have probably been gathering mushrooms forever. They might get a certain amount of comfort by following traditions. Kind of like people who like to go fishing for dinner or tending a garden. People in Italy forage for truffles and are celebrated.


You're right. Ukraine has plenty of corruption. At least Zelenski is fighting the problem as evidenced by the firing and arrest of many members of his cabinet as well as other government employees. Instead of his picture in government offices, he tells people to have pictures of their children. Zelensky tells the employees to look at the pictures of their children and ask themselves if their children…

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