Donetsk, Jun 1 — DAN. Caring about children in the new regions has become a priority for the Russian children’s rights institution, Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova told the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday. 

“Our country became larger in the autumn (of 2022) with the accession of four regions, ” Lvova-Belova said. “Caring about our new young fellow residents has become a priority for the office of the children’s ombudsperson.”

It is focused on targeted assistance to children: for example, the provision of prosthetic services after a mine blast injury as well as on system issues, she said.

The ombudsperson’s Office helps the new regions to build their own childhood protection system, draw regulations in accordance with national laws, participate in federal projects, and improve the skills of specialists who work with children, Lvova-Belova said.

Positive changes can be observed even now, as children express their gratitude for the improvements and new opportunities delivered to them by the country.

“I wish peace and health to all the children in the new regions. Russia has been doing everything for you to live in peace and grow up in a country where the key values are compassion, creative work and family. The children’s rights institution is on standby; you can always raise with us an issue that worries you, ” the ombudsperson said.

International Day for Protection of Children is marked annually on June 1. It was established during the Congress of the Women’s International Democratic Federation in Paris in November 1949. Cultural, entertainment, sport and charity events in support of children are traditionally held on that day.*jk