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Qatar-UN mediation returns orphaned Ukrainian teen home after Russia ordeal

Qatar-UN mediation returns orphaned Ukrainian teen home after Russia ordeal

Bohdan Yermokhin is one of 20,000 Ukrainian children who were illegally taken to Russia from Ukraine’s occupied regions.

An orphaned Ukrainian teenager, who was taken to Russia from occupied regions of the war-torn country, has returned home ahead of his 18th birthday after mediation from the UN and Qatar, avoiding potential conscription in the Russian army.

Bohdan Yermokhin was one of 20,000 Ukrainian children illegally taken to Russia since Moscow’s full-scale invasion in February last year, according to Ukraine. The practice is deemed a war crime by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The teenager, who had been living in the port city of Mariupol with his cousin after both his parents died, was captured by Russian troops in the first weeks of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and put into a foster home in Russia.

Yemokhin tried to return home on his own through Belarus earlier this year but was stopped at the border and sent back.

He appealed to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy for help getting back ahead of his 18th birthday when he risked being drafted into the Russian army.

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