Don’t cry, she told her grandfather. Ukrainian girl risks moving to Russian orphanage

She is in danger from a Russian orphanage

A few days later, Kira and her father’s girlfriend desperately tried to flee town on foot, along with neighbors. However, the 12-year-old girl was injured after a landmine exploded and was taken to a hospital in the Donetsk region, controlled by Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists.

Today, Kira’s grandfather, Oleksander, fears he will never see his beloved granddaughter again. Some time ago, an official of the separatist government in Donetsk called him and urged him to pick her up, but because of the war such a trip is impossible. Fearing for his future, he then contacted the hospital where Kira is, where he was told the girl would eventually be sent to an orphanage in Russia.

Abductions of adults and children

Unfortunately, this story is not unique. However, each side of the war speaks a completely different rhetoric. While the Russian government claims to have helped move at least 60,000 Ukrainians to safety across the Russian border, the Ukrainian government says some 40,000 people have been relocated against their will.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said more than 433,000 Ukrainian refugees had arrived in Russia since February 24, when Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials said thousands of people were forcibly deported to Russian territory after Russian troops blocked safe passage to Ukrainian-held territory. The evacuees then moved against their will to remote parts of Russia.

In an interview with CNN, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of forcing people fleeing Mariupol to leave for Russia. “Several thousand, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated to the Russian Federation, and we don’t know where they are, they left no trace. There are several thousand children among them, we want to know what happened to them. May they be healthy. Unfortunately, there is simply no information about this,” the Ukrainian president said.

Moscow rejects all allegations of forced deportations, calls them lies and says Ukraine is blocking its efforts to “evacuate” people to Russia. However, CNN spoke to a number of Ukrainians who said they had only two options: either go to Russia or die. In interviews with ten people, including residents of Mariupol and their relatives, many describe how Russian soldiers and soldiers of the Donetsk People’s Republic descend into anti-nuclear shelters and order those in them to leave immediately.

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Ukrainian and US officials and independent human rights monitors also say Russian and separatist troops are processing tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians in so-called “screening camps,” where they are biometrically screened and their phones checked. confiscated before being sent to Russia.

Don’t cry, grandpa

This information is also confirmed by the desperate grandfather of 12-year-old Kira. The Russians reportedly took away his documents and said that new ones would be provided to him in Russia. Moreover, the girl is now being used by the Russian side as a puppet in the information war.

Russian media, which has repeatedly downplayed the brutality of the conflict in Ukraine, showed a video in which Kira happily talks about allowing her to call her grandfather once in a while. This is proof that she was not abducted, according to one of the Russian TV presenters, who described the kidnapping allegations as another “Ukrainian hoax”.

Oleksander, meanwhile, received an audio message from Kira telling him not to cry. However, a young girl who lost her family, her freedom and her home in the war with Russia cannot stop her own tears. “I haven’t seen you for so long,” he said. “I want to cry.”

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