Ukraine has initiated criminal proceedings after the forced deportations of children to Belarus from Russian-occupied territories. Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin has opened investigations into the “forced transportation/deportation of over 19,000 children” from the seized areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Luhansk.
Belarus Suspected of Involvement
The prosecutor general’s office is investigating Belarus’ suspected involvement in the forced transfer of minors from Russian-occupied territory. This investigation follows a damning report by the exiled Belarusian opposition, which claims that 2,150 Ukrainian children aged between six and 15 were transported to recreation camps and sanatoriums in Belarus. The National Anti-Crisis Management, a group of political opponents to President Alexander Lukashenko’s government, alleges that the children were transferred to at least three locations in Belarus.
Lukashenko Accused of War Crimes
According to the report, President Alexander Lukashenko personally ordered the transfer of orphans to Belarus, providing financial and organizational support. These actions have led to accusations of war crimes against him.
The ongoing investigation raises concerns regarding potential violations of international conventions and crimes against humanity. Further developments in the case will shed light on the extent of the forced deportations and the responsibility of all parties involved.
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