The US State Department rolled out new sanctions on Thursday targeting more than a dozen individuals and entities involved in the forcible transfer and deportation of Ukrainian children.
The US has already sanctioned President Vladimir Putin’s children's commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, for being involved in the deportation of Ukranian children. However, Thursday's action shows an expansion of US targets to include the broader network of people and entities involved in the practice.
Here's who is included, according to the State Department:
- Five local Russian politicians who are “involved in facilitation of the deportation" of children and "their adoption by Russian families.” This includes Galina Anatolevna Pyatykh, the adviser to the governor of Belgorod and children's commissioner for the region
- Five individuals who are involved in the transfer of the Ukrainian children to Russia, including the youth camps in Russia and in Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine
- Artek, a Russian government-owned "'summer camp,” which runs extensive “patriotic” re-education programs.
Last month, Lvova-Belova said 700,000 Ukrainian children have been taken to Russia since the beginning of the war. She is one of the two Russians that the International Criminal Court in the Hague issued a warrant against in March, alleging their responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation and transfer of children during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin was also charged.