Evacuated from Mariupol to the Donetsk People’s Republic, 12-year-old Kira Obedinskaya and 9-year-old Ilya Matvienko were handed over to their relatives who established guardianship over them. Today, on April 23, accompanied by human rights activists and doctors, they left for the territory of the Russian Federation, from where they will be transferred to Ukraine.
The Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova, the Human Rights Ombudsman in the DPR Daria Morozova, and the Director of the DPR State Service for Family and Children Affairs Svetlana Maiboroda provided assistance in preparing the necessary documents, etc.
Both Kira and Ilya are residents of Mariupol. As a result of active hostilities in the city, both children lost their parents and received injuries of varying severity. Both the girl and the boy were evacuated to the DPR.
“The medical institutions of the Republic provided them with all the necessary assistance. Their next of kin living in Ukraine were informed about the condition and whereabouts of the children. As a result, grandfather got custody of Kira, and grandmother got custody of Ilya. Today, with the direct participation of the human rights institutions of the Russian Federation and the DPR, the guardians took the children home. For our part, we will continue to follow the fate of Kira and Ilya, and are ready to continue to provide the necessary assistance,” said Daria Morozova.