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UNICEF statement on deaths of children in Donetsk, Ukraine

KIEV/GENEVA, 6 November 2014 - UNICEF is saddened to learn that at least two children were killed and four have been injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014. We at UNICEF express our deepest sympathies to the families of the children who have lost their lives or been injured. UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict that they have a responsibility to keep children out of harm’s way.


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For more information, please contact:

Kristen Elsby, UNICEF Regional office for Central and Eastern Europe, kelsby@unicef.org +41 22 909 5286 or  +41 79 938 8273

Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Ukraine, +38 044 254 2450 or +38 050 388 2951, vvashchenko@unicef.org

Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, + 1 917-485-3344 or + 1 917-265-4516, msharpe@unicef.org




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