Leyen announced an EU conference on the return of Ukrainian children from Russia

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced last night that the European Union will organize a conference to ensure the return of Ukrainian children who were taken to Russia during the war.

- What is happening there is a terrible reminder of the darkest times in our history, to deport children. This is a war crime, Leyen said at the end of the first day of the two-day EU Summit in Brussels.

She added that in partnership with Kiev, together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, she launched an initiative for the repatriation of children "kidnapped by Russia".

- For this purpose, we will organize a conference. We want to exert international pressure to take all possible measures to find those children, said Leyen.

She added that the EU's goal is to help UN bodies and relevant international organizations get better and more complete information about children who were deported to Russia, which includes children who were later adopted or transferred to Russian foster families.

Last week, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on war crimes charges for overseeing the deportation of Ukrainian children.

The ICC also issued an arrest warrant for Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children's Rights in the Office of the President of Russia, on similar charges.

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