Teenager abducted by Russia back in Ukraine

17-years old girl returned from Russia
17-years old girl returned from Russia

A 17-year-old girl was returned to Ukraine from Russia, Save Ukraine reported on Facebook on June 9.

"Despite a number of challenges, the abducted girl is finally back on her native Ukrainian soil, thanks to the Save Ukraine team's hard work," the message said.

“She will meet her mother very soon."

Save Ukraine is an NGO that regularly organizes rescue missions to return deported children from Russia.

Three more children from Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories were returned to Ukraine on June 6.

Save Ukraine has returned 359 young Ukrainians in total, it was reported earlier.

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Ukrainian children abduction by the Russians 

The number of Ukrainian children illegally abducted to Russia could have reached 300,000, the European Parliament believes.

The Russians may have started kidnapping Ukrainian children back in 2014 — since the occupation of Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Ukraine returned 517 illegally deported children and 2,828 adults from Russia, including only 150 civilians, Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets reported on Jan. 14 during the fourth meeting of advisers from the Peace Formula in Davos.

Read also: Russian occupiers aim to brainwash Ukrainian children into changing their self-identity - NRC

No one can say exactly how many Ukrainians, including children, adult civilians and military personnel, are held in Russian captivity, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Feb. 26.

At least 19,546 children have been deported or forcibly relocated by Russia, and 2,015 children are considered missing as of May 2024, the Children of War Ukrainian State platform said.

Thousands of Ukrainian children kidnapped by the Russians since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are deprived of the opportunity to even contact their relatives,  Zelenskyy said on International Children's Day.

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