Saturday, March 26, 2022

WAR ON UKRAINE IS WAR ON CHILDREN(on their lives and mental health): Ukraine latest: War has killed 136 children, says Ukraine prosecutor's office

Ukraine latest: War has killed 136 children, says Ukraine prosecutor's office

Russia hints at narrowing of war's scope to Donbas; 300 seen killed in Mariupol theater strike


A car burns after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital on March 9 amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Ukraine Military/Handout via Reuters)

Ukraine's forces continue to resist, while its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regularly calls on the world to do more to help. Governments around the globe have imposed heavy sanctions against Moscow, but have stopped short of direct intervention for fear of sparking a wider conflict.

Meanwhile, rising geopolitical risk and volatile energy and financial markets are rocking Asia.

3:46 p.m. The war in Ukraine has killed 136 children in the 31 days since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine's office of the prosecutor-general said on Saturday in a message on the Telegram app. Of the total, 64 children have been killed in the Kyiv region, the office said. A further 50 children have died in the Donetsk region, it said. Additionally, 199 children have been wounded.

10:39 a.m. About 300 people were killed in the Russian airstrike last week on a Mariupol theater that was being used as a shelter, Ukrainian authorities say, in what would make it the war's deadliest known attack on civilians yet. The bloodshed at the theater fueled allegations Moscow is committing war crimes by killing civilians, whether deliberately or by indiscriminate fire.


The war in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on the country’s 7.5 million children. Humanitarian needs are multiplying by the hour as the fighting continues. Children continue to be killed, wounded and deeply traumatized by the violence all around them. Families are terrified, in shock, and desperate for safety.

The past eight years of conflict in Ukraine have already inflicted profound and lasting harm on children. Now, the threats to Ukraine’s children have grown as homes, schools, orphanages, and hospitals have all come under attack. One month into the war, 4.3 million children have been displaced, one of the fastest large-scale displacements of children since World War II. Such large displacements could have lasting consequences for generations to come. Children fleeing war in Ukraine are also at heightened risk of human trafficking and exploitation.

Meanwhile, civilian infrastructure like water and sanitation facilities have been hit. By 24 March, an estimated 1.4 million people lacked access to safe water, while 4.6 million people had limited access to water or were at risk of being cut-off.

UNICEF is working with partners to reach vulnerable children and families with essential services – including health, education, protection, water and sanitation – as well as life-saving supplies.

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