December 7, 2023, 16:48

russians use brainwashing ‘manuals’ on kidnapped Ukrainian children

The stories of children who managed to return from russian deportation clearly show that the russian federation uses brainwashing methods on them.

Daria Herasymchuk, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children’s Rights and Rehabilitation, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“When it is possible to return the children from the so-called ‘rest camps,’ where the russian occupiers send our abducted children, they clearly say that the timeline when certain activities started to happen to them — a certain stage of indoctrination — was more or less in the same period. The first three weeks they were mostly left unbothered, they were involved in various entertainment activities as much as possible, they were promised that they would soon return home. After three weeks, came the period of trying to turn them against their parents, against Ukraine, (they were told – Ed.) that everything is quite dangerous there, and they couldn’t return, and perhaps their parents did not need them very much. After another two weeks, they doubled down on this work. Then the so-called brainwashing began, when the children were called to have individual conversations, they were driven around the city. The children were separated as much as possible, transported from one camp to another so that they could not remain in a community, where they already had certain common contacts with other children of Ukraine,” said Daria Herasymchuk.

She also added that russian ‘manuals’ for abducted Ukrainian children play out according to certain scenarios.

According to her, such actions are another proof that the russians are not going to return Ukrainian children. That is why, she stressed, it is important to discuss the creation of a single mechanism for the return of children, and not only in the case of Ukrainian children, but so that this mechanism could also work for the whole world, so that such cases would not happen again.

It is important to note that according to the Children of War government portal, 19,546 Ukrainian children have been abducted or forcibly relocated. These are only those children whose personal data have been confirmed and verified by the appropriate Ukrainian authorities. The exact number of such children may reach hundreds of thousands, and is currently unknown.

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