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Moscow says 700,000 children from Ukraine conflict zones now in Russia

Russia has brought some 700,000 children from the conflict zones in Ukraine into Russian territory, Grigory Karasin, head of the international committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, has said.

“In recent years, 700,000 children have found refuge with us, fleeing the bombing and shelling from the conflict areas in Ukraine,” Karasin wrote on his Telegram messaging channel.

Moscow says its programme of bringing children from Ukraine into Russian territory is to protect orphans and children abandoned in conflict zones.

Ukraine and the United States say children have been illegally deported and forcibly removed from their homes.

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