The Parliamentarians from 13 European countries condemned the mass abduction of Ukrainian children by russia. This was announced by the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk with reference to the joint communique of the International Conference in Warsaw “Strengthening the legislative response to the risks of human trafficking for Ukrainian refugees”.

The event, co-organised by Olena Kondratiuk and keynote speaker, was held in Warsaw on 27-28 June. It was attended by 54 participants from 13 countries.

“We condemn the deportation and forced transfer of Ukrainian citizens, including children, from the occupied Ukrainian territories to russia. We understand that the number of illegally deported Ukrainian children to russia is about 20,000,” the communique says.

According to the Deputy Chairperson of the Ukrainian Parliament, the conference participants called on the international community to continue to take all possible measures to stop such genocide, as defined by international law, against Ukrainians.

“We call for an end to the issuance of russian passports to Ukrainian children, for the return of children from russian territory to Ukraine, and for all those responsible for this crime to be brought to justice,” the parliamentarians from 13 European countries stressed.

“Clear messages of condemnation of the crimes of the russian federation against Ukrainian children were included in the communique at my suggestion as a co-organiser and speaker of the event held in the Polish Sejm. I thank all the participants and co-authors of the document for their solidarity and contribution to the struggle to restore the rights of deported Ukrainian children,” said Olena Kondratiuk.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine also expressed her sincere gratitude to the Marshal of the Polish Sejm, Elzbieta Witek, and a member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, “who we initiated this international conference as part of active parliamentary diplomacy with”.

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