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Governor: Ukraine rescues 4 children from Russian-held territory of Kherson Oblast

by Kateryna Hodunova May 17, 2024 6:52 PM 1 min read
Schuman RoundaboutMembers from a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, Avaaz, light candels and lay toys on the ground in the , the center of the EU district in Brussels, Belgium, in protest against the Russian abduction of Ukrainian children on Feb. 24, 2023. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Ukraine has returned four children from Russian-occupied territory in Kherson Oblast, local governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on May 17.

Over 19,500 children have been confirmed abducted by Russia since the start of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and less than 400 of them have been brought back home, according to the Children of War database.

The evacuated children are three brothers and a sister, aged from two to 12.

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The rescue operation was conducted by the children's parents in collaboration with Save Ukraine, a Ukrainian humanitarian NGO.

The children arrived on Ukraine-controlled territory and are receiving psychological and medical support, the governor said.

On May 14, Ukraine returned the other six children from Russian-occupied territories in Kherson Oblast.

A total of 88 children have been reportedly brought back from Russian-held territory in Kherson Oblast since the beginning of 2024.

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