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Ukraine vows to bring back children forcibly taken to Russia

Kidnapping orphans is 'total fascism,' deputy PM says

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk speaks in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia in Kyiv. (Photo by Valerie Sobakar Khudayar)

KYIV -- Ukraine is trying to bring back children who have been forcibly taken to Russia from regions occupied by Russian forces, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia.

Vereshchuk, charged with evacuating civilians and internally displaced people, said Russia is trying to forcibly assimilate the orphans through adoption, adding that "kidnapping" them is "total fascism."

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