The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has denounced that the bombings in Ukraine are killing and maiming children and preventing them from returning to “any kind of normal life”.
According to the latest figures from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a total of 277 children have died and 456 have been injured since the start of the war, mainly due to the use of explosives in urban areas.
In response, UNICEF on Tuesday called for an end to attacks on civilian infrastructure and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
“[O seu uso] is killing and maiming children and preventing them from returning to any kind of normal life in the cities and towns that are their homes,” the organization said in a statement.
“I spent the last week in Ukraine, meeting with children and families affected by the war, seeing UNICEF’s critical humanitarian response. I was able to visit Kiev, Irpin, Bucha, Yitomir and Lviv, and my time in the country gave me an image clear of the enormous impact that the war in Ukraine continues to have on children,” said UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Afshan Khan.
“We are increasingly concerned about the situation of access to drinking water, with at least 1.4 million people in the east of the country without access to running water,” Khan added, noting that at least 256 UNICEF facilities in Ukraine were attacked. , and one in six UNICEF-supported “safe schools” in the east of the country were damaged or destroyed.
Khan said the war in Ukraine “is a child rights crisis”, and that UNICEF is working to support children and their families “wherever they are in the country.
“This critical role of UNICEF in Ukraine is reflected in the recent agreement reached with the Government to extend the UNICEF national program until the end of 2023, as part of the United Nations transitional framework,” he added.
In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine, which was condemned by a large part of the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.
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