At least 485 children have been killed since the start of Russia’s offensive war, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It only concerns victims whose data has been officially recorded, in reality the number is considerably higher, according to the president.
Zelenskyj also referred to the more than 19,500 Ukrainian children deported to Russia from occupied territories. According to the head of state, so far only about 370 cases have been successful in bringing back the “little Ukrainians”.
Russia invaded the neighboring country on February 24, 2022 and currently occupies about 20 percent of Ukrainian territory. In mid-March this year, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lwova-Belowa, over reports of deportations of Ukrainian children. The legal charge is “war crimes”.
Moscow must circumvent arms sanctions
Zelenskyi also said in his speech that he believes Moscow is circumventing international arms sanctions. Some countries and companies are helping Russia acquire technology aimed at missile production, the Ukrainian president said. Russia has fired hundreds of missiles at Ukrainian targets since October last year. Russia manages to circumvent the punitive measures with a network of suppliers.
Ukraine is aware of all Russian attempts to circumvent sanctions. Kiev will ensure that “there are no products of the free world in Russian missiles”. In April, a senior Zelensky aide said Ukrainian forces had found increasing numbers of Chinese components in Russian weapons used in Ukraine.
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