Ukrainian Children Abducted by Russia Found in Germany

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.17 - 2024 9:00 AM CET

161 Ukrainian children abducted by Russia were found in Germany.

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161 Ukrainian children, previously abducted by Russia, have been found in Germany, announced the National Police.

Ivan Vyhivskyi, the head of the National Police, made this announcement during a meeting in Berlin with Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Department of Germany.

Collaborative Efforts in Law Enforcement

The location of these children was made possible through collaborative efforts between Ukrainian law enforcement and their German counterparts.

"Thanks to our cooperation with the law enforcement agencies of the Federal Republic of Germany in documenting war crimes committed by the Russian Federation, namely the deportation and forced transfer of Ukrainian children, we have established the whereabouts in Germany of 161 Ukrainian children who had been forcibly transferred to temporarily occupied territories or deported to the Russian Federation and Belarus," Vyhivskyi stated.

Enhanced European Collaboration

During the discussions, Vyhivskyi highlighted Kyiv's commitment to bringing Russian war criminals to justice, both in Ukrainian courts and internationally. This includes efforts to hold accountable military-political leadership through the International Criminal Court and special tribunals.

"We are interested in joint actions with our German partners, both on a bilateral basis and under the auspices of Europol," Vyhivskyi added.

The meeting also addressed the role of European partners in supporting Ukraine, particularly in integrating information on Russian war criminals into the Schengen Information System (SIS). This system is crucial for maintaining security across European borders by sharing data on security threats among member countries.

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