Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov has been misinforming the public over the situation with children abducted from eastern Ukraine for several months on his official Web page, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
It has been done “probably with an aim to veil the illegal actions of the illegal armed units that operate on the territory of Ukraine,” reads a comment from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spread on Monday.
“His [Pavel Astakhov] last statement on a ban by the Ukrainian authorities of the removal of children from the ATO area is, frankly speaking, of a provocative character,” the ministry said.
The ministry said that Ukraine is taking all possible measures to ensure the evacuation of child orphans and children with disabilities to safe regions of Ukraine from social protection establishments and orphanages in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“Besides, representatives of terrorist groups are in every way hampering the efforts of the Kyiv government in the evacuation of the children. It doesn’t exclude that the terrorists will attempt again to kidnap and illegally take away children to Russia,” reads the comment.
The Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry urges Russia to stop use a subject of Ukrainian children as “an instrument in its political game, threatening their life and health in this way.”