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The Regional Center for Human Rights is investigating illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to russia. According to their data, at least 260,000 Ukrainian children have already been deported to the russian federation, the real figure may reach 700,000. Most of the illegally displaced children have parents. According to Kateryna Rashevska, a lawyer at the Regional Center for Human Rights, at least 400 Ukrainian children have already ended up in russian families.
24-year-old military serviceman Volodymyr Dubrovets from Zhytomyr oblast, a former fighter of “Azov” with the call sign “Wolf,” became the legal guardian of his brother’s 8 children. The children’s parents died in December 2022. The couple was returning home on a forest road, when their car fishtailed to the side of the road, where the vehicle was blown up by a mine. Eight children became orphans: the oldest child is 14 years old, and the youngest is two and a half months old.
As of today, Children of War platform has collected information on 13,876 deported children. They claim to have returned 125 children who were illegally deported to russia and temporarily occupied territories.
For reference: Children of War platform started working in August 2022. It was created by decree of the President of Ukraine. This platform provides up-to-date and consolidated information on the children who suffered as a result of the russian federation’s war against Ukraine (killed, injured, missing, deported) and those who were found and rescued. The platform also helps with the search for children.
At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, a large family of 5th grader Serhii moved from Luhansk region to Dnipropetrovsk region. The boy went to a new school and tried very hard during his studies. But when the other kids go home after lessons, he goes to the next classroom, because that is where he now lives. In one of the classrooms of Serhii’s new school, the whole family of the boy found shelter.
Children’s protective kits: helmets and bulletproof vests manufactured by the Lviv Defense Cluster “work” actively on the front line. For example, in the Donetsk region, every crew of Bilyi Ianhol (the white angel) — the local police officers who help people evacuate — is equipped with children’s helmets and bulletproof vests manufactured by the Lviv Defense Cluster. Owing to these protective equipment, police officers can better protect children from shelling during evacuation.
For reference: The main threat to children during evacuation is fragments of shells, glass, and concrete. Lviv Defense Cluster produces three sizes of bulletproof vests for 4–6, 7–10, 11–14 years’ age groups.
Lviv Defense Cluster groups together specialists of defense enterprises, volunteers and production facilities from all over the country to provide the Defenders of Ukraine with high-quality and proven bulletproof vests. It has its own laboratory for testing the finished products.
The film “A House Made of Splinters” is among 15 candidates for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film. This is a film produced by Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The film tells about children from the problem families who ended up in an orphan asylum near the front. Several teachers who, under the conditions of war with russia, are trying to create a safe space for children also became the heroes of the film. “A House Made of Splinters” premiered in January 2022.
russians destroyed a ski resort in Chernihiv. Ski and biathlon competitions have been held there for years.
Despite the destruction, since May, the resort has started to resume biathlon training for children. They are training on a small part of the track that has survived. Children are also warned not to go far, because there is a danger that unexploded shells may remain within the ski resort territory.
For reference: It is referred to the Olympic Reserve specialized children’s and youth sports school (ski resort). It was established in 1977, and later developed. It even included a hostel for athletes.
Despite the all-out war, volunteers of “St. Nicholas’ Reindeer” project will deliver gifts to children almost all over Ukraine (they will also visit de-occupied cities).
The organizers say that they have already received over 1,500 letters from children. Most often, they ask St. Nicholas for peace. They also dream of soft toys that can be hugged, assembly toys, scooters, dolls, etc.
The premise of the project is that anyone can pick a child’s letter with a dream and fulfill it. Volunteers will deliver gifts, hold festive events and make a photo report. Currently, St. Nicholas’ helpers are sorting and packing delivered gifts for children in the city of Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad region.
For reference: “St. Nicholas’ Reindeer” project was founded in 2015 in Kharkiv to support children from front-line settlements.
Lviv Defense Cluster raised funds for the production of evacuation kits for children. Each set consists of a bulletproof vest and a helmet. Now the LDC is already completing the production of bulletproof vests and ordering the helmets. In next to no time, hundreds of children can be evacuated at the same time in protective kits.
Recall that Lviv Defense Cluster was addressed by the Juvenile Prevention Directorate of the National Police of Ukraine with a request to develop protective kits for children’s evacuation from the war zone and other dangerous areas.
Mariupol Art School Named After Arkhip Kuindzhi, the building of which was completely destroyed by russian invaders, resumed its work in Lviv. 2022 marks the 50 anniversary of the School establishment. During the period of operation, more than three thousand people graduated from it. About 40 students started studying in Lviv.