17:32 Oct. 12, 2016
Ongoing fighting in Donbas seriously affects lives of the most unprotected ones – children and elderly people
War in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, officially called the Anti-Terrorist Operation, has already claimed lives of at least 68 children. This sad statistic was reported on Wednesday by Ukraine's Deputy Social Policy Minister Serhiy Ustymenko.
According to Ustymenko, 152 children were wounded as a result of military aggression, when about 70,000 were forced to leave their homes and seek safety in other villages and towns of Ukraine.
Almost 1800 kids of Ukrainian servicemen became half-orphans because their fathers were killed in eastern Ukraine or died later of injuries sustained in Donbas.
About 1.6 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes and move to other cities. The government of Ukraine has held six waves of mobilization in a desperate attempt to protect the country.