According to a study by Yale University, it was discovered that numerous Ukrainian children were forcibly transported to Belarus.
According to a recent study by Yale University, over 2,400 children from Ukraine have been transported to Belarus since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. This information was released on Thursday.
The results from the Humanitarian Research Lab at Yale School of Public Health are the most comprehensive to date regarding Belarus’ purported involvement in Russia’s coerced displacement of Ukrainian minors.
The study revealed that minors aged 6 to 17 from a minimum of 17 cities in Ukraine’s Russian-controlled area were relocated.
According to a report, Yale University found over 2,000 children who were sent to the Dubrava children’s center in the Minsk region of Belarus from September 2022 to May 2023. The report also stated that 390 children were transferred to 12 other facilities.
In addition, as reported by Kateryna Rashevska, a legal specialist at the Regional Center for Human Rights in Kyiv, almost 20,000 Ukrainian children have been forcefully removed from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the war.
The prosecutors in charge of war crimes in Ukraine are looking into the possibility of genocide through the forced relocation of Ukrainian children.
On Thursday, officials in Kherson region reported that two individuals were killed and at least 12 were injured due to Russian shelling in southern Ukraine.
According to regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin, one of the fatalities was a 75-year-old female who passed away in her residence in Kherson, the largest city in the region. Prokudin also stated on the messaging platform Telegram that eight individuals were wounded.
On Thursday, David Cameron, the foremost foreign diplomat of the United Kingdom, went to the Port of Odesa to declare ongoing assistance for Ukraine’s war endeavors.
Cameron’s visit is the first the former British prime minister has made since being named to his new role of foreign minister.
This is also the initial instance of a British diplomat journeying to the seaport, which was frequently hit by Russian airstrikes during the country’s conflict in Ukraine.
Cameron stated that the United Kingdom is committed to offering necessary assistance to Ukraine, particularly in terms of military support, not only for the current and upcoming year, but for however long it may be needed.
The trip occurred amidst Ukraine’s struggles in the war, such as the focus shifting to the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East, the European Union’s failure to deliver promised ammunition, and political disputes in the United States that could hinder further aid to Ukraine.
The United Kingdom announced that it provided $5.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine, making it the second largest donor after the United States. Additionally, they reported that they have trained 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
Cameron stated on Thursday that Russia believes it can outlast this war and that the West will eventually shift its focus elsewhere. However, this belief is completely untrue. In my initial conversations with President Zelenskyy in my new position, I emphasized that the U.K. and our allies will stand by Ukraine and its citizens until they achieve triumph, no matter how long it takes.
Zelenskyy has cautioned that the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive has yielded limited results and the conflict seems to be at a standstill, a scenario that could potentially lead to a dormant but inevitable eruption.
Zelenskyy emphasized the urgency of avoiding a stalemate during a meeting with African journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday. He stressed the importance of taking decisive action to end the war and doing so with respect, in order for the global community to hold accountable those responsible for invading, occupying, and causing harm.
The Ukrainian president stated that if the war reaches a point of stalemate, future generations of Ukrainians will be forced to continue fighting, as Russia will continue to pose a threat if not stopped.
Zelenskyy’s comments came two weeks after General Valery Zaluzhny, commander in chief of the Ukrainian military, told The Economist that the war had “reached the level of technology that puts us into a stalemate.”
Zelenskyy admitted that the conditions on the battlefield are still challenging, but he expressed his belief that the conflict has not reached a standstill. He stressed that Ukraine will not engage in talks with Russia until it fully removes its presence from Ukrainian territories.
The Associated Press and Reuters provided some of the information included in this report.