A 12-year-old Ukrainian boy was returned after 22 months under Russian occupation and control, Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets reported on Dec. 22.
The boy initially went to visit his father in Luhansk Oblast just days before the beginning of the full-scale invasion and then was stuck under Russian occupation in the oblast for 18 months. He then spent another four months on Russian territory and was forced to attend Russian school.
Lubinets said that the boy's mother was unable to retrieve her son because she is a soldier in Ukraine's military.
The Ombudsman's office was able to arrange a way for the boy to finally come home 22 months later.