Three Ukrainian children who had been taken to Russia are to be released to Qatari diplomats in Moscow this week, a Qatari official said on Monday. 

The release is part of a mechanism Qatar has set-up with the goal of returning many more children from Russia to Ukraine.

Qatar on Friday facilitated the return of another Ukrainian child, aged 7, who was reunited with his grandmother and is en route to Ukraine via Estonia, the official said. 

The other three children are a boy aged 2, a 9-year-old boy, and a girl aged 17.

Kyiv has identified 20,000 children as taken to Russia or Russian-held territory without the consent of family or guardians.

It comes as Russia launched five missiles and 12 kamikaze drones at Ukraine in an overnight attack, Ukraine’s air force said early on Monday, with officials reporting further artillery and air strikes.

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