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Another child liberated from Russian occupation

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A child who had been in the temporarily occupied territory (TOT) of Zaporizhzhia Oblast for almost two years has been brought back to the Ukrainian-controlled territory.

Source: Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine

Details: A woman named Mariia contacted the ministry in December 2023. She asked for help in recovering her minor daughter from the TOT of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

“The girl was staying with her grandparents when the full-scale war began. They could not leave immediately because her grandmother was severely ill.

There was no way to transport her. It was also risky for the parents to pick up the girl on their own,” the statement said.

Mariia sought help when the girl’s grandmother passed away. It took almost two years for the family to reunite.

The child’s recovery to the government-controlled territory took place as part of the Shliakh Dodomu (Way Home) project. The ministry reported that 56 children had been brought back within the framework of this project.

The Reintegration Ministry notes: if you witness the illegal transfer of children to the TOT or the territory of the Russian Federation, be sure to report it to Nataliia Yemets, a specialist at the Ministry, by calling (050) 562-03-13.

You can also contact the National Information Bureau hotline: 16-48.

Background: In early February, four children under the age of 16 were brought back from the TOTs of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts. The youngest of them is not even a year old.

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