Vladimir Putin says he will find new “loving families” for children orphaned by his war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his best impression of a normal person on Tuesday to put on a show for the International Day for the Protection of Children and pledged to “do everything” to help children whose lives have been disrupted by his war in Russia of Ukraine have been turned upside down.

“On the Day of Protection of Children, it is impossible not to commemorate the children of Donbass, who have been facing mortal dangers for eight years,” the Russian leader said during a video conference with families.

In line with well-established Kremlin propaganda, he blamed the children’s plight squarely on the Ukrainian armed forces and blamed the “Kyiv regime” for the many children killed and injured, despite overwhelming evidence of a deliberate campaign by his own troops targeting civilian families to crush Ukrainian resistance since the February 24 all-out invasion.

“Many [children] have lost their parents and there are some who have been left without any family at all. We will do everything we can to guarantee them all measures of social support. … And of course we will help children who have lost loved ones to find the same loving, kind and generous families as you,” he told the Russian families in attendance.

Putin’s comments were chilling enough given the more than 240 Ukrainian child prosecutors who said they had been killed since Moscow’s soldiers launched an all-out war on February 24, but they seemed all the more sickening when Ukrainian authorities revealed on Tuesday that more than 243,000 children have been forcibly displaced from the country – and many of them have been separated from their parents in Russia.

That staggering figure was announced at a Tuesday briefing by Daria Gerasimchuk, adviser to the Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, according to local media reports.

“Russia mercilessly takes lives and destroys futures, mutilates and rapes, orphans our youngest generation,” Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova wrote in a statement on Facebook to mark the holiday.

She said the forced deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia was part of the authorities’ investigation into war crimes, as it was “direct evidence of a plan to destroy the nation”.

“From the testimonies of those who saved themselves, we know about these horrors that Russian troops forcibly transport people to Russia, where children are separated from their mothers. Then they send the mothers to Sakhalin and the children to other cities. Is this really the 21st century?” Venediktova wrote.

Ukrainian authorities said earlier this month that about 2,000 of the Ukrainian children brought to Russia were orphans who Russian authorities wanted to adopt to local families. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said some of those deported to Russia for possible “illegal” adoptions are children whose parents were killed by Putin’s forces.

UNICEF also provided a sobering counterpoint to Putin’s disturbing display of perceived generosity on Tuesday, saying in a statement on the eve of the holiday that at least two children are killed in Ukraine every day, “mostly in attacks with explosive weapons in populated areas.”

“Nearly 100 days of war in Ukraine has had devastating effects on children on a scale and speed not seen since World War II,” UNICEF said.

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