: Innocent Victims of War: Authorities reveal number of children killed in Donetsk region

19:23 Apr. 15, 2016

Innocent Victims of War: Authorities reveal number of children killed in Donetsk region

War in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has already claimed lives of at least 50 children (UNIAN photo)

On-going fighting in eastern Ukraine's seriously affects lives of the most unprotected ones

War in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, officially called the Anti-Terrorist Operation, has already claimed lives of at least 50 children. This sad statistics was reported on Friday by the press service of the Donetsk region police.

According to the report, almost 140 children were wounded as a result of military aggression, 20 became orphans, when about 70,000 were forced to leave their homes and seek safety in other villages and towns of Ukraine.

Watch also Ukrainian orphans caught up in east Ukraine conflict

Only 556 schools remained on the government-controlled territory after Russian-backed separatist forces seized some areas of Donetsk region. The number was twice higher before the conflict started.

Thirteen schools are currently closed because of the unceasing shelling. 37 educational establishment continue to brave danger and work on the contact line.

Check out the infographics outlining key facts about the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation in Ukraine's east

According to UN data, more than 30,000 people have suffered from Russia's undeclared war in eastern Ukraine, including 9,000 killed, and more than 21,000 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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