Over 2,400 Ukrainian children forcibly transferred to Belarus from Russian-occupied regions
Why it matters
The forced transfer of children from Ukraine to Belarus is a significant violation of international humanitarian law and raises concerns about the safety and well-being of the children involved. The involvement of Belarusian President Lukashenko and Russian President Putin in the alleged war crimes adds to the gravity of the situation.
What the papers say
The Guardian reports that a study by Yale University reveals the forced transfer of over 2,400 Ukrainian children to Belarus from Russian-occupied regions. The Independent highlights the personal involvement of Belarusian President Lukashenko in the illegal transfer of children, while AP News mentions the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for both Lukashenko and Russian President Putin.
How we got here
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has led to the occupation of Ukrainian territories by Russian forces. The forced transfer of children from these occupied regions to Belarus is seen as part of a broader campaign directed by Russia.
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Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest country in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east.
Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Covering an area of 17,125,200 square kilometres, it is the largest country in the world by area, spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's in
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus and formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe.
Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko is a Belarusian politician serving as President of Belarus since the office was created on 20 July 1994.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008.
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, actor and comedian who is the 6th and current president of Ukraine, serving since May 2019.
The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands.
Pavel Pavlovich Latushko is a Belarusian politician and diplomat. He was the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus from 2009 to 2012.
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered be