UNICEF: More than two-thirds of Ukraine’s children displaced

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More than two-thirds of Ukrainian children have been displaced and 142 others have been killed since February 24, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Monday.

This came in the session of the UN Security Council currently being held at the request of Albania and the United States at the UN Permanent Headquarters in New York on “Maintenance of Peace and Security in Ukraine”.

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In his speech during the session, the Director of Emergency Programs at the United Nations Children’s Fund “Manuel Fontaine” said:

As of Sunday, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights verified the killing of 142 children and the injury of 229 other children.

Much of it resulted from crossfire or the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”

He added: “In just 6 weeks, nearly two-thirds of Ukrainian children were displaced (he did not provide a specific number).

They have been forced to leave everything behind: their homes, their schools, and often their families.”

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“Of the 3.2 million children estimated to be staying at home, almost half may be at risk of not getting enough food,” he added.

The UNICEF official expressed “grave concern about the risks of violence, sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking that children and women are exposed to during their flight to safety in neighboring countries.”

“Inside Ukraine, we still face very difficult operating conditions, as the ongoing hostilities prevent us from reaching those who desperately need our assistance in many regions of the country,” he added.

On February 24, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, followed by international rejection and severe economic and financial sanctions against Moscow.

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Which requires to end its operation Ukraine’s abandonment of plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO” and the commitment to complete neutrality, which Kyiv considers “interference in its sovereignty.”