Russia‘s ‘children’s commissioner’ has been accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border.
Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 38, faces a war crimes arrest warrant after she admitted to adopting a 15-year-old Mariupol boy herself in a TV appearance with Vladimir Putin.
Ms Lvova-Belova claimed to be the ‘saviour’ of children from Ukraine caught up in Russia’s ‘special military operation’.
The invasion allegedly conceals a plan to deport Ukrainian children from territories occupied by Russian invading forces.
In the video from last month, Putin was seen approving his children’s commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova’s personal adoption of a child from Mariupol, a city that has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the war in Ukraine.
Sickening: Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova greet children with teddies
The video may act as proof the Kremlin allegedly wanted to turn Ukrainian children into Russians.
Ms Lvova-Belova told Putin such adoptions were only possible due to him.
Putin asked her: ‘Have you adopted a child from Mariupol?’
‘I have, thanks to you, Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin],’ she said.
‘No, he is 15-years-old. Now I know what it means to be a mother of a Donbas child.’
She said: ‘It’s complicated, but we love each other very much.’
Putin told her: ‘This is the key thing.’
She replied: ‘Yes indeed. I believe we’ll overcome everything, don’t you think?’
He said: ‘Of course.’
Ms Lvova-Belova was already the mother and guardian of 22 mostly adopted children, according to Sky News.
She has so far been sanctioned by the US, Europe, the UK, Canada and Australia.
She is also a member of the governing body of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.
Last year more than 22 exhausted-looking boys and girls bearing name tags on their coats, bobble hats on their heads and baffled looks on their faces arrived in Siberia.
They were victims of a horrific human trafficking operation run by the Kremlin, cruelly snatched from the security of their homes in Ukraine and flown thousands of miles to Siberia.
Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 38, was accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border as she faces a war crimes arrest warrant and admits to personally adopting a Ukranian child
In the significant video Putin is seen approving his children’s commissioner ‘s personal adoption of a 15-year-old child from Mariupol
Maria Lvova-Belova, pictured, greets a child. She is part of the scheme to deport thousands of Ukrainian babies and infants to Russia where they are put in forced adoptions
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova at the Kremlin in March
There, they were being handed over to Russian families like human spoils of war, while being filmed — innocent pawns in Vladimir Putin’s propaganda campaign.
She also boasted in the Russian parliament about the success of their campaign.
She told a tale of 30 children taken to Moscow after being ‘found in the basements’ of Mariupol, a key port ferociously battered by Russian forces before it fell in May.
The children, she said, ‘spoke negatively about the president [Putin], said all sorts of nasty things, sang the anthem of Ukraine and shouted ”Glory to Ukraine”.
She added that after they were handed over to families, their ‘negativity… turns into love for Russia’.
In a chilling social media post, Lvova-Belova said another 370 teenagers had been taken to Russia for language and history ‘rehabilitation’ lessons and said ‘they say that they are ready to go to the front line’.
Vladimir Putin, 70, appeared to have also admitted for the first time that he personally has young offspring.
He was also accused of the ‘war crime of unlawful deportation’ by snatching Ukrainian children and forcing them to Russia.
Putin reportedly has two adult daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila – Dr Maria Vorontsova, 37, a geneticist, a leading researcher at the National Medical Research Centre for Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia and expert on dwarfism, and Katerina Tikhonova, 36, a high-kicking ‘rock’n’roll’ dancer-turned-mathematician, director-general of the National Intellectual Development Foundation in Russia.
He also has a 20 year old daughter Luiza Rozova, 20, with longtime lover Svetlana Krivonogikh, 48, who is now a part-owner of a major Russian bank and also a striptease nightclub and is one of Russia’s wealthiest women.