: Donbas conflict affects over half million Ukrainian children – UNICEF

19:27 Jun. 1, 2016

Donbas conflict affects over half million Ukrainian children – UNICEF

A woman cries as she holds her baby, near to her house damaged by shelling, in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, June 11, 2015 (AP Photo)

At least 230,000 children internally displaced by the armed separatist insurgency that erupted in 2014 

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that 580,000 children living near the front lines of Ukraine's conflict or in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government have been affected by the fighting.

UNICEF initiated ‘Make a Promise' global campaign in Ukraine aimed at raising funds worldwide for the organization's humanitarian programs to help children affected by conflicts and emergencies.

"This partnership will help shed light on silent conflicts and crises that get no public attention, but cause children the severest and ongoing sufferings. For example, such emergencies as Ukraine's conflict that affected over 580,000 children," UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis says.

Read also Ukrainian children's Christmas wish: Let the war end and father return home

According to the organization's data, more than 230,000 children have been internally displaced during the two-year conflict in Donbas.

In January 2016, UNICEF requested the donors to provide USD 54.3 million to help children who suffered from the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Read also Authorities reveal number of children killed in Donetsk region

Since Russia invaded eastern Ukraine, 186 children were wounded and 68 killed, according to the Chairman of the Ukraine's Parliament Andriy Parubiy.

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