Ukraine war statistics: Authorities reveal number of innocent victims of war in eastern Ukraine

17:32 Oct. 12, 2016

Authorities reveal number of innocent victims of war in eastern Ukraine

Children look at candles during a rally in memory of civilians killed in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine Oct. 15, 2014 (AP photo)

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.

According to UN data, more than 30,000 people have suffered from Russia's undeclared war in eastern Ukraine, including almost 10,000 killed, and more than 20,000 injured.

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.

 

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