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Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine

GENEVA/KYIV, 7 November 2014 – The senseless killing of two children and injury of four others in the shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday is a shocking reminder of the price being paid by children and families in the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine.
UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict that all children must be protected from harm, as required by international legal standards and as their moral responsibility.
Armed conflicts not only result in senseless injury and death but also severely disrupt children’s lives. In zones of fighting in Ukraine children have become separated from their parents and families in the chaos. Communities have become weakened and basic services interrupted. Schools have been forced to close and health facilities are unable to provide services. All parties should facilitate the resumption of services, including access to humanitarian assistance where required.

Children are especially vulnerable during armed conflicts. It is dangerous and detrimental to a child’s health and wellbeing to witness or be swept up in violence. During conflict special care must be taken to support children and protect their rights.  

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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For further information, please contact:

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

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






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