During the full-scale war, the occupiers have already deported 230,000 children. Russia seeks to destroy the Ukrainian nation.
This statement was made by Sergei Dvornik, advisor to the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, during a meeting of the Security Council.
He called the abduction and deportation of children a modern manifestation of colonialism.
"The kidnapping of at least 230 thousand Ukrainian children among the 1.4 million Ukrainian citizens forcibly deported to Russia is a crime aimed at destroying the Ukrainian nation by depriving its young generations, which is a modern manifestation of colonialism," Dvornik said.
The advisor noted that as a result of rocket and artillery attacks on Ukrainian cities, tens of thousands of civilians were killed and many were wounded. Almost 220 thousand people lost their homes.
Millions of citizens were forced to leave occupied or war-affected territories. Eight million became internally displaced persons, and 6.5 million left Ukraine as refugees.
"We have no doubt that Russian military strategies predicted this refugee crisis as one of the successful results of the war. Equal to the food crisis," Dvornik noted.
The Russian Federation bans deported Ukrainians from residing in Crimea and forces them to obtain Russian passports.