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What is the current situation in Ukraine?

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Ukraine is the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia, and has an estimated population of 44 million. Sadly, children in Eastern Ukraine have grown up in conflict for the past eight years, enduring violence, shelling and being displaced from their homes. Today, fighting in Ukraine has forced children and families to seek refuge in neighboring countries, with more than 500,000 people displaced. 

Ukraine’s children are caught in the crossfire of this adult war. It should never have come to this.

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families. Your donation to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis.

What is the current situation in Ukraine?

Following an escalation in hostilities on the night of February 23, 7.5 million  children in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and displacement. Just days later, the deaths of three children and two teachers were reported when a missile struck a school in Gorlovka in Eastern Ukraine as Russia military operations escalated.  

Today, war is forcing children and families across Ukraine into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions. More than 67,000 people have already crossed into Romania, some traveling on foot with minimal belongings.

In Eastern Ukraine, more than 400,000 children live in the areas at high risk of the direct impacts of the presence of soldiers and artillery, including being injured or killed by guns, landmines and explosive weapons, or being displaced from their homes

Temperatures in the capital of Kyiv are dropping below freezing, and displaced children may face long nights and days exposed to brutal conditions. Many families forced to flee will require help with their shelter, food, and clean water needs

Every effort should be made to find a diplomatic solution and avert a catastrophic war. Children must be protected from harm at all times.

What are the challenges for children growing up in conflict in Ukraine?

 

What are the challenges for children growing up in conflict in Ukraine?

Many children in Ukraine have already witnessed or experienced acts of violence over eight years of conflict. 

  • The Ukraine crisis has already forced at least 1.5 million people from their homes
  • Over 400,000 children currently live in the conflict zone
  • Child poverty rates are up more than 57% in the the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine
  • Since the beginning of the conflict, over 750 education facilities have become damaged
  • Nearly 3,370 civilians have been killed since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, with more than 7,000 more injured
  • 2.9 million people in Ukraine were already in need of humanitarian assistance

How is Save the Children supporting Ukraine's children in crisis?

Save the Children is urgently calling on all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities to reduce the risk to children’s lives and wellbeing.

Children and families receive support from Save the Children in Romania after crossing the border from Ukraine.
Children and families receive support from Save the Children in Romania after crossing the border from Ukraine.

 

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, including in the conflict-impacted regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. 

This includes supporting their access to educationproviding psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits, and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent and medicines, or so they can invest in starting new businesses.

Our specialist teams are also provide children with access to safe, inclusive, quality education.

Together with schools and community centers, we work to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of their experiences of conflict and violence, and increase their resilience and ability to cope with stresses in their daily lives. 

We call on all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to ensure full humanitarian access to all caught up in the Ukraine crisis.

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