The abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia is a genocidal crime.

Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, signed up for the Genocide Convention. However, Putin has been indifferent to international laws or norms of any kind in his bid to eliminate Ukraine’s democracy and its people. He and other Russian officials involved in genocidal crimes against children should be held accountable.

Despite the fact that war is chaotic, unpredictable, and devastating to children caught in it, it is not an excuse to seize children from their parents and home country, as Russia is currently doing in Ukraine. The 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide specifically prohibits abduction. The removal of Ukrainian children from Russia and the brainwashing attempts to eradicate their language and culture are examples of a genocidal crime that must be prosecuted.

On Dec. 24, 2018, Robyn Dixon and Natalia Abbakumova of the Post reported on a Russian scheme to send Ukrainian children to far-flung cities within the country. According to President Vladimir Putin’s decree in May, Russian citizens may adopt Ukrainian children more readily. Russian children’s rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova is ‘vigorously pursuing’ this policy, which involves eradicating Ukrainian identities and teaching them to love Russia, as reported by Lvova-Belova and the journalists. Lvova-Belova says they initially denounced Putin when they arrived in Russia, but then they ‘fall in love with Russia.’ Kremlin has been extensively publicizing the removals, including photos and videos on its website and state TV.