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Nearly 2,000 children killed or injured in Ukraine war

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The escalation of the war in Ukraine since February 2022, which has become one of the deadliest and most costly wars in recent years, has not only affected the health and well-being of children in Ukraine but has also resulted in at least 1,993 children being killed or injured as a result of this conflict.

The United Nations, citing its Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has reported that at least 1,993 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured since the escalation of the war, which averages to two children per day.

The Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at UNICEF, and Regina De Dominicis, the Regional Director, have stated in a joint declaration that “as we see in all wars, the reckless decisions and actions of adults come at the cost of children’s lives, safety, and future.”

UNICEF has noted that this is the fourth academic year in Ukraine where children have either been deprived of education or faced various disruptions in their learning process.

“Almost half of the children enrolled in school in Ukraine have missed out on in-person education, and nearly one million children across the country cannot access any in-person education due to insecurity.”

It is also worth mentioning that the attacks in Ukraine have severely impacted the mental health and well-being of children, with half of the adolescents reporting sleep problems and one in five reporting intrusive thoughts and flashbacks.

The number of civilian casualties during the war in Ukraine from 2022 to 2024 has been tracked by the date of the report.

As of February 15, 2024, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported 10,582 civilian deaths in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion that started on February 24, 2022.

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