Russia’s representative at the United Nations has rejected charges brought against President Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court as misleading.
Ukraine children in temporary care only: Russia
Russia’s envoy to the United Nations in New York has denied that the country has deliberately taken children out of Ukraine or allowed them to be adopted in Russia, rejecting charges brought against President Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court.
The ICC two weeks ago accused Putin and his children’s commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova of the war crime of unlawful deportation of people, in particular children, and their transfer from areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces.
Ukraine says it is investigating the deportation of more than 19,000 children, many of them taken from parents at “filtration points” as they tried to leave newly captured territory, removed from care institutions or taken from people who were caring for them after their parents were killed in the war.
Russia has denied the accusations, insisting it has only been doing what was needed to protect children at risk in the territories it has taken control of, most of which it has unilaterally declared to be part of Russia.