Qatar hosted Ukrainian children and their families at its embassy in Moscow (Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

11 Ukrainian children leave Russia heading to their country via Belarus to reunite with their families, in a new process that took place thanks to Qatari mediation, the third of its kind in this regard.

Qatar's Minister of State for International Cooperation, Lulwah Al Khater, said - in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) - that her country's embassy in Moscow hosted 11 children and their families during the reunification process, and will accompany them to their final destinations to ensure their safety and comfort.

Al Khater stated that the group includes children with disabilities, and special medical care was provided to them, in coordination with the Ukrainian and Russian sides.

The Qatari Minister renewed her country's appreciation for both Ukraine and Russia for their cooperation and commitment to ensuring the safety and security of these children, and providing them with appropriate care during and before this humanitarian operation, noting that Qatar's ongoing mediation efforts to reunite Ukrainian children come as an extension of its approach to mediation and resolving disputes by peaceful means, according to to the principles of international law, and also reflects its permanent commitment to humanitarian principles and international solidarity, as well as its actual contributions to building peace and stability at the regional and international levels.

In this context, she stressed that the success of Qatari mediation in various files confirms its reliability to all parties.

The children are scheduled to arrive in Ukraine tomorrow, Tuesday, via Belarusian territory.

According to Russia, 59 children were returned to Ukraine through this mechanism. Qatar also announced on December 5 the success of the second operation to reunite Ukrainian children with their families. A Qatari official explained that Doha is working to bring back more Ukrainian children through... A mechanism that was agreed upon with the Russians and Ukrainians.

It is noteworthy that Kiev accuses Russia of "deporting" thousands of children to its territory from the areas it occupies in Ukraine. But Moscow - on the other hand - confirms that it transferred these children to ensure their safety in light of the battles, and to be ready to hand them over to their families in Ukraine if they request it.

Source: French