Timeline of the events and additional resources:
Early in the russian war on Ukraine, news about the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children from the occupied territories to russia surfaced and attracted the attention of the international community. Later in 2022, it became a known fact that russia had abducted thousands of Ukrainian Children.
Later, in February 2023, the State Department issued a briefing describing the full scale of the crime against Ukrainian children. On the same day, Yale Conflict Lab issued a detailed report analyzing camps and re-educational programs of Ukrainian children launched by russia.
The UN held two sessions, “Gross Human Rights Violations due to the Aggression Against Ukraine”: Session 1, Session 2
February 21st, 2023, Congresswoman Susan Wild introduced a resolution condemning the illegal abduction of children from Ukraine to the russian federation. H.Res.149
March 17, 2023 – International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, russian ombudswoman, for they are allegedly responsible for the unlawful transfer of Ukrainian children from the occupied territories.
April 17, 202, Senator Gary Peters introduced the Senate version of the Resolution condemning the illegal abduction of children from Ukraine to the russian federation. S.Res.158
The UNWLA Advocacy Committee launched the Advocacy campaign “Return Ukraine’s Children” which aims to build awareness of the issue and advocate among elected officials to formalize recognition of the crimes by the US government.
November 7, 2023 – The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Resolution and recommended it for a vote by Congress.
December 7, 2023, International Conference “Freedom or Fear”: Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets stated that the government has confirmed that 19,500 Ukrainian children were illegally abducted and transferred to the russian federation.
January 11, 2024, Reuter’s special report How Russian Officials and their collaborators spirit away Ukrainian children
January 31, 2024, The US Helsinki Commission held a hearing Eyewitness Accounts: Ukrainian Children and Adult Civilians Abducted by Russia https://bit.ly/3ufzB9y