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The UN ambassador to Ukraine today shocked many by telling members of the United Nations Security Council that Russia had abducted 121,000 Ukrainian children from its country since the start of its bloody invasion. The Council met to hear about the impact of the Russian war on Ukraine on women and children.
Ukraine’s Permanent Representative Sergei Kislitsya told council members that most of the children he claimed to have been abducted by Russians were orphans and not those with parents and other relatives. He said the abductions were a blatant violation of international law and tradition. He added that Russia was developing a bill that would “facilitate and expedite the adoption of abducted Ukrainian children.”
Kislitskaya said the withdrawal of Russian troops from some areas had left a trail of “unimaginable suffering, murder, untold torture and sexual violence, including rape and mutilation.”
“He said the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office was investigating a case in which a Russian soldier killed a local and repeatedly raped his wife in their private home. The identity of the suspect has been ascertained,” he cited as an example. He called on the international community to investigate this and other crimes.
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He finished his speech emotionally after reading a letter written by a nine-year-old boy to his dead mother.
“Mom. This letter is my gift to you on Women’s Day March 8 … Thank you for the best 9 years of my life! Thank you so much for my childhood! You are the best mom in the world. I will never forget you! I wish you good luck in heaven, I wish you to come to heaven , I’ll go to heaven and I will try to behave well, kiss you, your Tolia. “
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has targeted the Russian president: “When men like President Putin start wars, women and children are displaced. Women and children are injured. Women and children are raped and abused. Women and children die.” He said.
Thomas-Greenfield spoke about the dangers to women and children and minority groups during the war, and the deputy mayor of a city in Ukraine recently told reporters that “some women cut their hair short in the hope of avoiding rape by Russian troops.” “
He noted that the United States was financially supporting programs for the protection of women and children in and around Ukraine.
The Security Council asked Kateryna Cherepakha, chair of La Strada-Ukraine, a women’s rights group. He told the council that he had received reports from his team that women and girls had been raped in cities occupied by Russian troops. He said Russian troops used rape as a weapon of war.
He said the victim in one case was raped in the presence of her family. He added that many of the victims had died and that they would never receive the total number of sexual offenses as the crime committed against them could not be reported.
She noted that female prisoners of war were “subjected to torture, including sexual violence (and) undressing and humiliating in front of male groups.”
Manuel Fontaine, director of UNICEF’s Emergency Programs, told the council that during his thirty – one years in the humanitarian arena, “I have rarely seen so much damage in such a short period of time.”
Fontaine said nearly half of the 3.2 million children are said to be living in their homes and are at risk due to a lack of adequate food. He noted that attacks on water systems and power outages were estimated at 1.4 million people without access to water and that 4.6 million people had limited access to water.
He was quoted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCHR) as saying: “As of yesterday, the OHCHR has confirmed that 142 children have been killed and 229 injured. Caused by the use of explosives in populated areas. “
Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanski has backed down, accusing Western members of the council of continuing to unleash an information war against his country.
He complained that no evidence had been provided for all the allegations against his country, including allegations that he targeted Russian soldiers for massacring civilians in Pucha and bombed a train station and other places last week that Polyansky had lied about. Held.
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He said at the time that the so-called “atrocities of the Russian military” were being staged by British filmmakers.
The British envoy fired his Russian counterpart for his comments that such claims were false.
Lord Tariq Ahmed, the British Minister for the United Nations, told the House, “Unfortunately, we have heard again and again that Russia is trying to distract from the facts. The Russian attacks on civilians and civilians are truly barbaric. “
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The United Nations has met with Ukraine a dozen times so far to prevent Russian aggression and has failed to take any significant steps to prevent Russian aggression. Russia has vetoed a permanent member of the Security Council and was forced to use it in February when Russia demanded an end to its invasion and immediate withdrawal of its forces.