Orphans in freezing cellars taken to Russian-controlled territory

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Orphans in freezing cellars taken to Russian-controlled territory

A group of orphans ages four to 17 who have been stuck in a clinic in Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol for weeks have been taken to Russian-controlled territory, says a carer and a relative of the clinic’s worker on Sunday (March 20).

The children were previously sent to a Mariupol sanatorium that specializes in pulmonary conditions before President Vladimir Putin launched his attack on Ukraine.

Due to heavy fighting in the strategic port city, their carers have been unable to get to them. The city is now destroyed by Russian forces.

Olga Lopatkina, the foster carer of six of the children, has been calling for their evacuation and wants to take them west and out of the country.

However, on Sunday (March 20), her 17-year old son, called her to and said that they had been taken to Donetsk — Ukraine’s separatist capital now under Russian control.

“I don’t know how to get them now,” she said, adding that the call was quick and no adult had informed her to tell her about the children’s whereabouts.

Because of a near-total communications blackout in Mariupol, the AFP was unable to reach the clinic itself.

The city has also been cut from water, gas, and electricity supplies.

Concerns for their fate have arisen as most of the children are from foster care homes in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that did not fall into the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. JMS/Expat Media


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