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Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence


At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just
a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the
Children said today.

Four children have been killed
and a further 17 injured in just six days in a tragic
escalation of attacks on civilian areas in Ukraine.
Yesterday alone, 18 people, including children, were
reportedly killed and others injured in missile attacks on
an apartment building and a resort in Odesa, southern
Ukraine.

These deaths and injuries are a grave
reminder that children are bearing the brunt of this
conflict. The impact of explosive weapons on children is
devastating, robbing families of their hopes and profoundly
altering the direction of a child’s life. For the children
injured in these incidents, their suffering may last for
years. Other children may have witnessed their peers or
loved ones lose their lives. The widespread and
unpredictable nature of this conflict could leave children
struggling with their mental health.

Even before this
week of violence, at least 330
children have been killed
and almost 500 injured since
the escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine on 24
February. These numbers are likely an
underestimate.

Save the Children Ukraine Country
Director Pete Walsh, said:

“Attacks on civilian
infrastructure, including homes where children are sleeping
in the middle of the night, are beyond condemnable. This war
shows no sign of easing – instead it is spiraling out of
control.

“Save the Children condemns these attacks in
the strongest possible terms and calls for the respect of
international humanitarian law and to protect civilians and
civilian infrastructure from attack.”

Save the
Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014,
delivering humanitarian aid to children and their families.
It is now supporting refugee families across Europe and
helping children to get access to the services they need.
With the help of local partners, Save the Children is
providing shelter, food, cash, fuel, psychological support,
baby and hygiene kits to displaced families. It is on the
ground, distributing essential household kits to families
affected by the
conflict.

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