Six Ukrainian children will be returned to Ukraine from Russia as part of an agreement brokered by Qatar.
Reuters reported this.
A Qatari source involved in organizing the return said that they lived with relatives in Russia or Russian-occupied territory. The children are heading to Ukraine via Moscow, the source added.
This is the second phase of the return of children brokered by Qatar after four minors were returned in October.
Return negotiations have been ongoing since at least April 2023. Qatar agreed to Ukraine's request to mediate with Russia regarding the return of the children to their closest relatives during the July 2023 visit to Ukraine by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.
"The process involved obtaining consent from families, identifying minors and verifying identity information, coordinating with humanitarian organizations, as well as logistical arrangements," the Qatari official said.
According to the source, one of the children was escorted by Qatari diplomats to the embassy in Moscow, and then transported to Ukraine.
All things considered, these cases are different from the cases of Ukrainian children who were forcibly taken to Russia from the territories occupied by Moscow and which are the subject of the case of the International Criminal Court.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 06/12/2023