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Another crime proof: Ukrainian children registered in Russia

Another crime proof: Ukrainian children registered in Russia Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's decree assigning Russian citizenship to Ukrainian children is yet another proof of the terrorist country's crimes against Ukraine, states the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Putin's decree

On January 4, the dictator signed a decree "On the definition of certain categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons who have the right to apply for Russian citizenship."

According to the decree, orphans and children left without parental care who are citizens of Ukraine can obtain Russian citizenship by the dictator's personal decision, without taking into account all legal requirements.

For example, the heads of Russian organizations in which Ukrainian children are forcibly held can apply for citizenship.

Reaction of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

Putin's decision is aimed at addressing the demographic needs of the terrorist country to continue the war against Ukraine. In particular, it grossly violates the legislation of our country, the norms of international law, and the rights of children who have been forcibly transferred to the territory of Russia.

Russia's actions violate international humanitarian law and are null and void. The introduction of the relevant norm is aimed at depriving abducted children of the opportunity to return to their homeland.

"The real value of this decree is that it will serve as further evidence of Russia's crimes against Ukraine, the forced assimilation of Ukrainian children and attempts to deprive them of their homeland," the Foreign Ministry added.

The Ministry also called on the International Criminal Court to take into account the dictator's actions in transferring children from one ethnic group to another, including by forcibly assigning them citizenship, which is a sign of genocide.

In particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that the international community should implement the arrest warrant issued by the ICC for Putin as soon as possible.

Arrest warrant for Putin

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has been deporting Ukrainian children to annexed Crimea, Belarus, or remote areas of Russia on a regular basis.

The deportations have prompted the International Criminal Court in the Hague to issue an arrest warrant for dictator Vladimir Putin and Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.