Russia’s invasion kills 135, displaces over half of Ukrainian children thus far

25 March, 02:05 PM
Children are falling victim to Russia's war against Ukraine. (Photo:Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Children are falling victim to Russia's war against Ukraine. (Photo:Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 135 Ukrainian children have been killed and 184 – wounded, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said on March 25.

The regional breakdown of child casualties is as follows:

  • Kyiv – 80;

  • Kharkiv – 44;

  • Donetsk – 46;

  • Chernihiv – 34;

  • Zaporizhzhia – 26;

  • Mykolaiv – 25;

  • Zhytomyr – 15;

  • Kherson – 15;

  • Sumy – 14.

On March 24, UNICEF announced that the first month of Russia’s war in Ukraine has left 4.3 Ukrainian children displaced – more than half of the country’s total child population of 7.5 million.

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According to UNICEF, 1.8 million children were taken abroad by their parents, with 2.5 million remaining internally displaced.

“The war has caused one of the fastest large scale displacements of children since World War II,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

“This is a grim milestone that could have lasting consequences for generations to come; children’s safety, wellbeing and access to essential services are all under threat from non-stop horrific violence.”

On March 24, Russian artillery fire in Novomykhailvka, Donetks oblast, left two children wounded (a six-year-old, and a 13-year-old).

In Zaporizhzhia oblast, three teenagers were wounded by a mine. They are being treated in a hospital in Melitopol, with one of them remaining in an intensive care unit.

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