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The violation of human rights in Ukraine is one of the pressing issues of our day. The suppression of freedom of speech, the control of the right of assembly, the oppressive use of the tax police and the blatant banditry of the road police however all pale into insignificance when compared to the wanton starvation of disabled children by those whom the state has empowered to protect them.

The care of children is one of the defining cornerstones of Ukrainian culture. Families will go without just about everything to ensure that their children have enough and have a future.

Yet not all well in this basic responsibility. Last Sunday, a highly respected British newspaper, The Sunday Times, published an investigative story on the deliberate abuse and starvation of disabled children at a state children’s home at Torez, just outside Donetsk. The accusations were denied by the home’s director.

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