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euronews | "Where is Mama?" - How a Ukrainian boy was abducted by Russian forces, Snizhana (MIA), "Sasha's father" (MIA), Sasha, Viktoria (MIA)
24th March 2022, Mariupol
"While her 11-year-old son, Sasha, was outside helping with the preparation of food, heavy shelling began."
• Officials told Sasha, his mother "didn't want him anymore"
The tactic of separating Ukrainian children from their families is a known strategy
"The forceful deportation and indoctrination of Ukrainian children also seem to serve the purpose of `stocking up' the Russian army."
The Ghetto in Bezimenne
"The BBC reported that Russia was housing an estimated 5,000 at the temporary camp in Bezimenne in March 2022, and a video verified by the Washington Post confirmed the existence of the 'ghetto'."
• Sasha is brought to a hospital without his mother
19th of April: Sasha calls Liudmyla
"Two months after the full-scale invasion, a man approached Liudmyla at work, telling her Sasha was looking for her and on the 19th of April, she heard her grandson's voice over the phone."
• Liudmyla makes it her mission to get Sasha back
Liudmyla embarks on her journey to occupied Donetsk (from Chernihiv Oblast, UA)
"Throughout the two months when Liudmyla prepared for her journey, Sasha managed to stay in the hospital."
• The journey back home
• Where is Snizhana?
UN: The deportation of Ukrainian children is a war crime
"'Reports suggest between 260,000 to 700,000 Ukrainian minors were forcibly relocated by the occupiers, with estimates reaching 738,000 children since 2014. Advisor and Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children's Rights and Rehabilitation, Daria Herasymchuk, believes the actual number could be even higher', added Georgetown.edu. Collaborative on Global Children's Issues fellow, Vladyslav Havrylov."
• "Sasha, I will never stop looking for her"
by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 07:07:28 PM EST
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