Status: 24.09.2023, 17:00 p.m.
By: Sven Trautwein
Little is known about the whereabouts of the children abducted in Ukraine. With "Stolen Lives" Wladmir Klitschko wants to draw attention to the situation.
Accompanied by an information campaign, former boxing world champion Wladimir Kaminer, together with his Hamburg co-author Tatjana Kiel, presented his new book, "Stolen Lives: The Kidnapped Children of Ukraine". Twenty moving fates of abducted children are illuminated in the book. The aim is to shake up politics and bring back the abducted children.
Wladimir Klitschko "Stolen lives": that's what the book is about
Dr. Wladimir Klitschko and Tatjana Kiel present their book "Stolen Lives – The Abducted Children of Ukraine". © Political-Moments/Imago
According to the National Information Office of Ukraine, nearly 20,000 Ukrainian children have been trafficked to Russian territory. Exact numbers are hard to come by. For these war crimes, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2023.
In March 2023, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. The accusation: the abduction of Ukrainian children to Russia. The National Information Office of Ukraine cites over 19,000 very precisely recorded cases – the actual number is probably much higher.
In the early days after the Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022, Wladimir Klitschko and Tatjana Kiel launched the #WeAreAllUkrainians initiative in Hamburg. This initiative supports various measures such as aid transports, the establishment of day centres for orphans, the construction of playgrounds in Ukraine and the financing of two "Hope and Healing Centres".
The successful rescue operations, documented in the book and carried out by organizations such as the Ukrainian "Save Ukraine", give new courage to the families who have reported their missing children. The aid organization #WeAreAllUkrainians, founded by Wladimir Klitschko and Tatjana Kiel in the early days of the war in February 2022, supports the efforts of "Save Ukraine" from Germany, according to n-tv.
So far, the rescue operation has been able to retrieve 163, according to an interview with Tatjana Kiel. Twenty of them are given a voice in the book. Both authors donate the fee for the book to the aid project #WeAreAllUkrainians.
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Dr. Wladimir Klitschko / Tatjana Kiel "Stolen Lives – The Abducted Children of Ukraine"
2023 Heyne, ISBN-13 978-3-453-21868-0
Price: Hardcover 22 €, 224 pages
Dr. Wladimir Klitschko
The company's founder and long-time heavyweight boxing world champion, Dr. Wladimir Klitschko, lives in Kyiv like his older brother Vitali and has been supporting his compatriots since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. He uses his global notoriety and connections to draw attention to the injustices of war and mobilize comprehensive aid.
Tatjana Kiel is a long-time business partner of Wladimir Klitschko and teaches at the University of St. Gallen.