Eleven Ukraine children returned from Russia

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Wed, 2024-02-21 00:51

MOSCOW: Eleven Ukrainian children crossed the border from Belarus to Ukraine Tuesday evening, in the latest return of children taken to Russia and occupied territories during the nearly two-year Ukraine war.
Emerging from the darkness at a humanitarian crossing on the Belarus border, the children hugged family members who had been waiting for more than six hours.
Oleksandr, 16, is the oldest among those returned by Moscow through a Qatar-mediated scheme.
“My new life is starting,” he said, smiling shyly and describing the “joy and slight nerves.”

Ambassador of Qatar to Russia Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al Thani and Russia's presidential commissioner for children's rights Maria Lvova-Belova (unseen) interact with Ukrainian children before their departure to Ukraine from Russia under a deal brokered by Qatar, at the Qatari embassy in Moscow on February 19, 2024. (AFP)
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