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Couple from Kherson implicated in child deportation resides in Kyiv Oblast despite no ongoing investigation

Denys and Yuliia Suprun
Denys and Yuliia Suprun

Employees of Kherson Higher Vocational School No. 2 involved in the deportation of Ukrainian children from occupied Kherson are currently living in Brovary, Kyiv Oblast, according to an investigation by hromadske published on March 20.

In 2022, Denys and Yuliia Suprun remained at Kherson Vocational School No. 2 after the Russians appointed their nominal director. Denys became a senior master, and Yulia Suprun became the deputy director of the school.

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In October 2022, the Supruns offered the students of the school to go on "vacation" to the temporarily occupied Crimea. However, according to hromadske, only four out of nine children returned from the so-called "vacation".

The investigation notes that the Supruns have not received any suspicions, despite the availability of lists of employees of the institution under the occupiers, their salary statements, as well as testimonies from colleagues and eyewitnesses.

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Although SBU is investigating this episode of deportation of Ukrainian children, the couple is not currently under investigation.

hromadske writes that the National Security and Defense Council, at the request of the SBU, imposed sanctions on Yulia Suprun. At the same time, she filed a complaint with the NSDC against the SBU, demanding that these sanctions to be lifted.

On Jan. 14, Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Ombudsman, announced during the fourth meeting of the Peace Formula Advisors in Davos that Ukraine had returned 517 illegally deported children and 2.828 adults from Russia, including only 150 civilians.

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According to the Ukrainian state platform Children of War, as of January 2024, 19.546 children were deported or forcibly transferred by the aggressor country Russia.

The illegal deportation of children led to the issuance of arrest warrants in March 2023 for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Russian Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova.

On Feb. 2, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced in Kyiv that Canada and Ukraine would create a coalition to bring home deported Ukrainian children.

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