Three children reportedly killed in Ukraine this week, in more devastating attacks – UNICEF

Statement by Regina De Dominicis, Regional Director for UNICEF Europe and Central Asia

19 April 2024
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KYIV/GENEVA, 19 April 2024 – “At least three children aged 6, 8 and 14 have reportedly been killed in yet another horrific attack in the Dnipro region earlier today. Our deepest sympathies are with the children’s families and their communities.

“Children were also among the reported casualties in a deadly attack in Chernihiv earlier this week, which reportedly damaged a hospital and educational institution. With waves of deadly attacks intensifying across the country, children continue to pay the highest price for this war.

“Nowhere is safe for children. Their homes, schools, hospitals and the civilian infrastructure they depend on to survive is being damaged and destroyed at an unprecedented scale.

“Across the country, more than 1,957 children have been killed or injured since the escalation of war nearly two years ago. As this number only includes the UN-verified reports, the actual number is likely higher.

“UNICEF is working on the ground across Ukraine, including in frontline areas, to respond to the immediate humanitarian needs of children and families including through providing lifesaving services and supplies, and mental health and psychosocial support in the aftermath of attacks.

“Children, their families and the infrastructure they rely on, must be protected at all times. Above all, the children of Ukraine need peace.”

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