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Real lives tell the stories of people who benefit from our work in Ukraine.

Here are the latest stories from 2018.

Children share schooling about mine dangers in eastern Ukraine
Dozens of school children surround Mykyta Skorikov as he points out the inscription on his sweatshirt.

Schoolboy in Ukraine scarred by explosion that killed his friends
Horlivka, Ukraine, 16 October 2018 - Dima Tulup, 10, sits in an empty hospital ward.

Ukraine’s water workers keep taps running despite conflict
Five years into the conflict in eastern Ukraine, workers at water pumping stations are risking their lives to keep supplies running.

A Boy who Changed the Transport System for the Entire City
Vinnytsia is a city in west-central Ukraine. It has a population of 372,300, of whom 70,000 are children. In 2009, Vinnitsa joined the UNICEF Child and Youth Friendly Community Initiative, becoming one of the first cities in Ukraine

#VaccinesWork to protect children in Ukraine, amid measles outbreak
KYIV, Ukraine, 8 May 2018 - As a mother of two young children, Natalia was once told by her doctor that vaccinations were unnecessary.

UNICEF Workshops Help Children in Eastern Ukraine Cope with Conflict
TORETSK, Ukraine, 21 March 2018 - With its large windows, piles of textbooks and photos on the wall, classroom 10A at #10 Toretsk secondary school looks like any other in Ukraine.

UNICEF provides winter assistance to help children and adults to survive harsh winter in eastern Ukraine
POPASNA, Ukraine, February 2018 - In a warm and bright room at Popasna Nursery and Preschool # 3 in Luhanska oblast, six year olds are holding hands, dancing and singing holiday songs

Winter bites on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine
Grandmother Maryna Zasiadko and mother Tetiana Shcherbyna may live on opposite sides of the conflict line in eastern Ukraine.

Going the extra mile to ensure children learn - meet Avdviika’s most famous teacher
Avdviika, Ukraine 27 September 2017 – Unarguably the most famous teacher in Avdviika, Maryna’s face stands proud on the wall of the building that has been most hit by shelling in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Growing up between hopes and fears in Avdiivka
Avdiivka, Ukraine, 17 June 2017 - The 9-storey apartment building on Molodizhna Street #20 in Avdiivka has become a countrywide symbol for the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Playing football girls and boys support each other.
Kyiv, Ukraine 22 June 2017 – “It was my father who taught me to play football. First, he trained me to be a goalkeeper.

Sport offers the only streak of hope
Kyiv, Ukraine June 18 – “When the shelling started, I was in 4th grade. It took a whole year for my mother to decide that it was time to move.

Painting windows to the world
Popasna, Ukraine, 8 June 2017 – For the children in Popasna in eastern Ukraine, much has changed over the last three years.

The UNICEF Football Cup brings together 5,000 children from different backgrounds
KYIV, Ukraine, 31 May 2017 – The finals have been played and won, School #5 from Energodar city in Zaporizska oblast won the UNICEF Cup. Although Oleksii’s team did not win he personally won a lot.

Supporting young people to make their ideas come true
Mariupol, UKRAINE, 16 May 2017 - Anya, Eva, Elina and Ira are four active teenagers from Mariupol. They had an idea - and they made it happen!

UNICEF-supported Community Protection Centres in Eastern Ukraine help children and parents heal emotional wounds
Nadia was in despair when she first came to a psychologist of the Community Protection Centre at Mariupol Youth Club.

Psychologist’s Blog: helping conflict-affected children in Eastern Ukraine overcome distress
Art therapy sessions in our Community Protection Centre in Mariupol, Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine, welcome children with parents.

Delivering safe drinking water against all odds in eastern Ukraine
Donetsk region, Ukraine, 16 April 2017 – Over the last three years Roman Pleshkun has made more than 1,000 water deliveries to communities affected by the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Healing emotional wounds from conflict in eastern Ukraine
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 7 April 2017 – The emotional wounds and trauma of living through more than three years of conflict are an everyday reality for hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers in eastern Ukraine.

In Ukraine, healing through being heard
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 6 April 2017 - In Mariupol, a city near the line of conflict in eastern Ukraine, some districts are especially close to the fighting. The Left Bank district, where I work as a psychologist in a Youth Centre, is one of these districts.

Children with Down Syndrome demand their right to participation in Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 21 March 2017 – According to the Ministry of Health, every year 420 children with Down Syndrome are born in Ukraine.

A Ukrainian teenager cannot attend school with peers, finds friends at a UNICEF-supported Youth Club
Sviatohirsk, Ukraine, February 2017 - 15-year-old Vlada Afanasieva from the village of Slovianoserbsk in Luhansk oblast has been directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine in many different ways.

The real heroes are the humanitarian workers – says EU Commissioner
Bakhmut, Ukraine, 20 February 2017 – Announcing an additional package of 18 millon Euros, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said the EU will continue to support populations most affected



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