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Ukrainian children – Russian invadors’ victims

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On New Year’s Eve, 1 January 2024, 15-year-old Denis Melnyk, a 10th grade pupil, was killed during a prolonged attack by Russian strike drones on the civilian infrastructure of Odesa. The boy was killed in his apartment in front of his parents, according to the director of the Odesa educational complex “Gymnasium No. 7”.

 

  • Russian terrorists killed 11-year-old Hlib Fedyuk during the shelling of Kherson on the last day of 2023. On 31 December, one of the Russian shells hit near the shop where the children were. Hlib died on the spot. Another 9-year-old child suffered a head injury.

Glib was a 5th grade student of the piano department of the Art School No. 1 in Kherson. Kherson. He had a great future as a pianist.

 

  • Seven-year-old Bohdana Kosachenko’s life was taken by a Russian attack on the town of Seredyna-Buda in Sumy region. On 28 November 2023, at around 12:30, the enemy shelled the town. That day, her stepfather died along with Bohdana. They were both in a car when a rocket hit behind the car, right where Bohdana was sitting. Her stepfather was in front. They were both seriously injured. The girl died in her mother’s arms. The girl was helped by the store employees. The stepfather was taken to the intensive care unit in Shostka, where he later died too.

 

  • Twelve-year-old Veronika from the Luhansk region died on the evening of 20 December 2023. It happened on a train on which she and 125 other children were returning from a so-called holiday in a children’s camp near Tyumen.

In the morning, the child’s temperature rose to 39 degrees, and she was given antipyretics. In the evening, the girl fainted and died. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the death was recorded by paramedics when the train was in the Penza region.

In the context of a full-scale invasion, the Nazis are deporting Ukrainian children en masse from the occupied territories of Ukraine. They are being taken to the occupied Crimea, Muscovy or Belarus, allegedly for rehabilitation or to rest in camps.

 

  • The 4 children were watching cartoons and planning for the New Year when Russians started shelling Kherson on 20 December.

According to the head of the regional military administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, the children were in their homes with their parents when the enemy attacked the city.

A 13-year-old girl sustained an explosive injury and a shrapnel wound to her leg. Medics treated her on the spot. The parents refused to hospitalise the child. Three other children, aged 2, 4 and 9, were in hospital with their

  • On October 5, the Russian rocket hit a cafe and a shop in the village of Groza, Kupyansk district, Kharkiv region and killed the family of the deceased military man and almost everyone who came to commemorate him. Among the dead was a fallen soldier’s 8-years-old-nephew Ivan Kozyr.

 

  • On 14 September 2023, after 00:00, the aggressors shelled the village of Novodmitrivka in the Kherson region with artillery. It is reported that racist war criminals killed 6-year-old Nazar Hrytskov when they hit a private house. His 13-year-old brother is now fighting for his life.

His grandfather and aunt were also wounded when they tried to get the children out of the rubble but also came under enemy fire. The whole family suffered from the Muscovite terror.

The boy’s aunt Galina Tykhonyuk said that Nazar had three other brothers (one of them is in a critical condition in a hospital). According to her, the family was going to evacuate on 14 September, in the afternoon.

 

The family decided to bury little Sofia in the Slavutych town. She was the only and long-awaited child in the family.

Before the full-scale invasion of the Rashists, the girl’s parents, Olga and Oleksandr, worked in the public service in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where they lived. After 24 February 2022, Oleksandr went to the war front.

Olga and Sofia came to Chernihiv to visit him. The woman’s brother lives here.

They knew nothing about the drone exhibition at the drama theatre on 19 August 2023. They arrived to the city by train at about 11 a.m. on Saturday. They were met by relatives and brought to the centre. Olya’s friend was already there with her two daughters. The girls had just climbed up on the stage and were playing when there was a whistle and an explosion. In a moment, Sofiika fell on her mother, and blood was pouring out of the child’s stomach. And Olya’s leg was crushed by the stone. People stopped the car and asked to take the child to the hospital immediately. Sofia was still breathing, lying with her eyes open, her hands were warm.

Unfortunately, the girl was not saved – a fragment of a Muscovite missile hit her heart.

 

  • Seven people including a 23-day-old baby girl were killed in Russian shelling in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region on 13 August, the country’s internal affairs ministry said.

Artillery shelling in the village of Shiroka Balka, on the banks of the Dnipro River, killed a family – a husband, wife, 12-year-old boy and the 23-day-old girl – and another resident.

 

  • Sisters Anna and Yulia Aksenchenko would have turned 15 in September. Twin sisters were killed in a missile strike in Kramatorsk on 27 June. Their mother is a surgeon in a local hospital.

Asked about the attack on Kramatorsk, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russia attacked only military targets, not civilian ones. Russia’s Defence Ministry later said a temporary Ukrainian army command post had been hit in Kramatorsk.

 

  • Russian forces killed two Ukrainian teenagers – Tyhran Ohannisian and Mykyta Khanhanov – in temporarily occupied Berdiansk. Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets confirmed the information.

Before that, the invaders pursued, held captive, and tortured the boys allegedly for preparing sabotage on the railway. The Investigative Committee of Russia charged the teenagers with “violations” of the article, which provides for 10 to 20 years of imprisonment. At that time, the European Parliament demanded that the minors be released to the territory under the control of the authorities of Ukraine. However, the Russians placed Ohannisian and Khanhanov under house arrest in Berdiansk.

On June 24, the occupying authorities of Berdiansk reported the killing of teenagers whom they called “pro-Ukrainian terrorists.” The boys allegedly started shooting. Lubinets said that Russia extrajudicially executed two minors.

 

  • After one of the Russian shellings on June 1, 9-year-old Victoria Ivashko and her mother were killed in Kyiv. According to President of the Judo Federation of Ukraine, the girl was a judoka. Last weekend she participated in a competition in Kyiv.  Tokyo Olympic medalist Daria Bilodid reacted to the tragedy and criticized the International Judo Federation (IJF) for allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete.

 

  • As a result of the bombardment of Molodizhne village in Kherson region, an 8-year-old girl suffered a brain contusion and was hospitalised. Two other children, a 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, were diagnosed with an acute stress reaction. Doctors helped them on the spot.

 

  • On 13 May 2023, the Rashists fired on Kostiantynivka in the Donetsk region with a Smerch multiple rocket launcher system. Two people were killed, including 15-year-old Nadiya Lazebnik. The girl, born in Kostiantynivka, was a diligent pupil, loved to draw and dreamed that her future would be connected with art.

 

  • On 28 April, 31-year-old Olga and her 3-year-old daughter Vika were killed by a Russian missile in the Dnipro region.

 

  • One of two Russian bombs hit a village school in Chernihiv Region. At that time, 14-year-old Valentyn Mekhed was riding a bicycle nearby. He was a few meters from his house. A bomb fragment hit him in the neck and the child died instantly. According to the chief architect of the Novhorod-Siverskyi City Council, up to three dozen houses in the village were damaged by the air strike.

 

  • 22 of 23 killed in the missle strike in Uman’ on the 28 of April. Among them children: Uliana Troychuk (8 years),  Sophia Shulga (11 years), Kurylo Pusarev (16 years), Oleksiy Lysak (15 years), Alina Barchenko (10 years), Ivan Odayskiy (1,5 years).

 

  • On the night of April 9, 2023, Russian troops shelled Zaporizhzhia with S-300 missiles.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, said the following about this terrorist act:

“They hit a house, an apartment building. Three people were inside. A man, a woman and a child – a girl, her name was Iryna, she would have turned 11 this year. She died. The man died too. My condolences… The woman is in critical condition, in the hospital, she is being provided with medical care.

This is how the terrorist state spends this Palm Sunday. This is how Russia puts itself in even greater isolation from the world, from humanity”.

 

 

  • In Russia, kidnapped Ukrainian children are psychologically harassed, called names for being Ukrainian, and even beaten for disobedience.

This was reported by the President’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Daria Herasimchuk, Ukrainian Pravda reports.

“Very often, children are punished for refusing to speak Russian, refusing to learn and sing the Russian national anthem, to stand up during the Russian national anthem.

Almost all the children testified that they were psychologically abused very much, called different names for being Ukrainians. There are even children who testify that they were beaten for such disobedience,” says the Commissioner for Children’s Rights.

The children had photo evidence, but the Russians forced them to delete all photos and videos when they were handed over to their parents. Currently, Herasimchuk only has the oral testimony of a child.

The commissioner said that she currently has information on more than 19,500 deported and forcibly displaced children. And the Russians themselves called the figure 744 thousand “evacuated” children.

Some children were taken to Russia or relocated to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

“Currently, there is information on 19,514 children based on the fact that local authorities, relatives, relatives, parents and witnesses of deportation and forced relocation…

We understand that our list is not exhaustive. We are talking about at least several hundred thousand children abducted by the Russian authorities,” says Gerasimchuk.

So far, 327 children have been returned to Ukraine.

 

 

  • As a result of a rocket attack on a house in Zaporizhzhia, a young family died: a wife, a husband and their 7-month-old daughter. This is reported by “Zaporizhzhia Novyny”.

“In Zaporizhzhia, among the dead as a result of a rocket attack on a residential building, rescuers found a young family: a woman and a man with a 7-month-old daughter. Their parents waited under the house until the end, hoping that their relatives were alive…” – it is said in the message.

We will remind you that on the night of March 2, Russian troops launched a rocket attack on a residential building in the city of Zaporizhzhia.

Employees of the State Emergency Service rescued 11 people. Two cats and a dog were saved during the debris removal.

 

  • Russia has already deported more than 16,000 children from Ukraine.

Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin stated this at a meeting with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

“One of the most egregious crimes is the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia and Belarus. In May 2022, Putin signed a decree on a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for children from Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson,” Kostin noted.

According to him, the deportation of more than 16,000 children has been confirmed so far.

“We have managed to return 307 of them. To do more, the help of the international community is needed,” Kostin stressed.

 

  • The Kremlin forcibly relocates and deports thousands of children from the occupied Ukrainian territories deep into Russia, using 43 camps and other facilities.

A relevant statement was made by Ned Price, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, referring to the Conflict Observatory report.

“A report released today details Russia’s systematic government‑wide efforts to permanently relocate thousands of Ukraine’s children to areas under Russian Government control via a network of 43 camps and other facilities,” the representative of the U.S. Department of State said.

In many cases, Russia purported to temporarily evacuate children in Ukraine under the guise of a free summer camp, only to later refuse to return the children and to cut off all contact with their families.

“Such actions obviously will have serious long-term implications on these children’s development,” Price noted.

The Department emphasized that the illegal transfer and deportation of protected persons is a serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and a war crime.

In this regard, the United States called on Russia to immediately stop the forced relocations and return the children to their families and legal guardians.

 

  • On January 14, a Russian missile hit an apartment block in Dnipro. A section with 72 apartments, which could accommodate up to 200 people, was destroyed. More than 300 apartments have been damaged.

As the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on January 16 “the enemy attack has taken the lives of 35 residents of the building. Among them are two children”.

Later the amount of victims icreased. A 15-year-old girl was among the dead.The youngest victi m was Mykyta, not even a year old. The family was at home at the time of the explosion. Only the boy’s mother, 27-year-old Kateryna Zelenska, was rescued.

 

  • Since September 7, a total of 920 bodies of citizens, including 25 children, have been found in the de-occupied territories of the Kharkiv region. The Defense Forces have de-occupied 340 settlements in Bohodukhiv, Izium, Kupyansk, Kharkiv, Chuhuiiv, and Derhachi districts were deoccupied in the Kharkiv region, reported by the head of the National Security Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, Volodymyr Tymoshko.

Kharkiv investigators documented the activities of 25 torture camps in the liberated territories.

“Electric torture, broken fingers, inhuman conditions of detention – this is what the “Russian peace” brought to our peaceful villages and cities,” Tymoshko added.

 

  • Russian troops fired about seven projectiles at Kherson Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital. The neonatal department was seriously damaged. Two intensive care units were destroyed, and other medical rooms located in the main building were damaged. Over 700 windows were blown out.

Following Russia’s shelling, a fire broke out in a nurse’s room and hospital room.

The hospital staff evacuated 17 children, four parents and 38 health workers to a bomb shelter.

Yaroslav, a 13-year-old resident of Kherson Oblast, came under Russian shelling twice during the New Year holidays.

This was announced by Yaroslav Yanushevych, the head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration.

On 31 December, just before the New Year, the Russians attacked the village of Naddniprianske, near Kherson.

13-year-old Yaroslav and his sister were coming home and came under shelling. The boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition, where doctors fought for his life.

On the first day of the new year, the Russians attacked the Kherson Oblast children’s clinical hospital, where Yaroslav was in the intensive care unit.

 

  • A family of eight people, including four children, has been shot dead in temporarily occupied Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast. Petro Andriushchenko, Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol, suggests that the murder was committed by mercenaries from the Russian private military company “Wagner”. According to Andriushchenko, this crime was openly ethnic in nature, as a family of Roma ethnicity had been killed. In addition, all those killed had bullet wounds to the head from close range.

 

  • On December 17 Ukrainian rescuers have recovered the body of a one-year-old boy from the rubble of a residential building after a Russian attack on the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih.

 

  • On November 23, as a result of shelling by Russian troops at the maternity ward of the Vilnianskyj hospital in the Zaporizhzhia region, an infant died.

 

  • On November 22, as a result of enemy shelling in the city of Kherson, two boys aged 10 and 13 were injured.

 

  • On November 20, Russian troops struck 10 settlements in the Donetsk region, among the wounded was a child. According to the National Police, the Russian military fired mortars at Vuhledar, injuring a child born in 2007. He is wounded in Bakhmut. 

 

 

  • In Kherson region, on November 14 a baby was injured as a result of shelling by the Russian Federation. An enemy shell hit a private house, reported the police.

“A family was buried under the rubble. Two women died, a four-month-old boy with serious injuries is in the hospital of the city of Kryvyi Rih,” the report says.

 

At night of the 12th of October the Russian occupying forces fired from “Hrad” and heavy artillery. More than 100 shells were fired only at Nikopol.

According to an anesthesiologist the child’s condition is now stable but in the future the girl will need surgery, rehabilitation and prosthetics.

 

  • On October 10, a 12-year-old boy was injured in a Russian strike on Slovyansk, Donetsk region.

“As of the morning of October 11, 2022, more than 1,227 children in Ukraine were affected as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. According to the official information of juvenile prosecutors, 422 children were killed and more than 805 were injured,” the Prosecutor General’s Office posted on Telegram.

 

  • The mother of a 5-year-old boy was killed as a result of Russian missile attack on Kyiv on October 10. Now the child remained an orphan, since his father died six months ago.

 

  • As a result of the attack by the rashists on Voznesensk 20 of August, the number of victims increased. Four children are seriously injured.

As Censor.NET informs, this was reported by the head of Mykolaiv RMA Vitaly Kim.

“At 1:30 p.m. 9 wounded, 4 of them children. The children are all in serious condition. Their ages range from 3 to 17 years old,” the report says.

Kim added that one of the victims, a girl, is being evacuated to Mykolaiv.

“The girl is being transported to Mykolaiv. A fragment tore out her eye,” he said.

 

  • On August 10, a 13-year-old girl was injured in a Russian attack on Mykolaiv city.

“On August 10, a 13-year-old girl was injured in the shelling of Mykolaiv city,” the Prosecutor General’s Office posted on Telegram.

Moreover, a 16-year-old boy was injured in a strike on Avdiyivka, Donetsk region, on August 8.

  • On August 4, around 11 o’clock, the Russians shelled Toretsk.

As Censor.NET informs, this was reported by the head of the Donetsk RMA, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

“8 dead, 4 wounded – these are the consequences of the shelling of Toretsk, which the Russians carried out today around 11 o’clock. Three children are among the four wounded,” the message states.

According to preliminary information, artillery was fired. They hit a public transport stop, where there was a crowd of people at that time.
In addition, the Russians damaged the church and wounded the priest there, damaged the surrounding high-rise buildings.

“The Russian occupiers are hitting civilians every day – every day we have dead and wounded people. All those who still remain in the Donetsk region are putting themselves in mortal danger!”, RMA emphasized.

 

  • 35-year-old doctor-dentist Victoria Rekuta and her 7-year-old son Maksym Zhariy were examined at the medical center and died on the spot as a result of rocket fire on Vinnitsa. They were identified by DNA samples.

Another killd child in Vinnitsa exapt 4-year-old Lisa and 7-year-old Maksym was a 8-year-old Kyrylo Pyakhin who came with his mother from occupied Kherson to his relatives in Vinnytsia. At the time of the explosion, Kyrylo was in a car parked near Privatbank. Together with the uncle, who got out of the car, they were waiting for the grandmother, who had gone to the bank. The boy died as a result of the explosion. The uncle was thrown away by the blast wave and was taken to the hospital. The grandmother remained unharmed.

 

  • 4-year-old Sashko, who was wanted for almost a month in the Kyiv region, was found dead. The child and his grandmother were fleeing from the Russian invaders from the village of Vyshgorod District by boat.

 

  • Russians shot the boy and wounded the woman when peple came out of the basement into which they started a gas. The tragedy took place in village of Vorsel, Kyiv Region on March 3.

 

  • 16 yer-old-boy Vladyslav Buryak was detained by russian soldiers in the Vasylivka area on April 17, while he was evacuating from Melitopol to Zaporizhzhia. They took the boy in an unknown direction. After several months the boy was released.

 

  • Dmytro Rudnytskyi, born on August 22, 2010, and his mother, Nadiya, were killed as a result of a Russian rocket hitting the building of the “Goji” recreation center in the village of Serhiyivka, Odesa region.

 

  • On February 28, in the village of Buzova, Kyiv region, Rostislav’s family came under Russian fire. The occupiers fired a tank shell at the boy in front of his relatives. His hand was torn off and his chest was pierced… He died instantly.

 

  • On June 21, 8-year-old Margarita Gaponenko died near her house in the village of Bezruky as a result of artillery fire.

 

Children in Russian-occupied Mariupol are without enough food.

This is reported by Censor.NET with reference to the press service of the city council.

“Before the war, food for children was prepared in school No. 16 on modern equipment according to all international standards. The quality was guaranteed. Under the Russian occupiers, the kitchen was set up in the yard of the institution. There is not enough food. It is prepared in old metal pans. Products are stored in improper conditions, and children are exposed to danger: they can get poisoned and catch an infectious disease,” the city council said.

 

  • Among the 23 dead as a result of the shelling of Vinnytsia by the Russian occupiers is a small child.

A Vinnytsia girl Lisa, 4, who was one of those killed by the Russian missile strike on Vinnytsia July 14, starred in First Lady Olena Zelenska’s 2021 Christmas video.

That’s according to a tweet, posted by the president’s spouse, according to Ukrinform.

“Today, we all were horrified by a photo of an overturned baby carriage from Vinnytsia. And then, reading the news, I realized that I know this girl. Knew… I will not write all the words I want to, to those who killed her. I will write to you about Lisa,” tweeted Zelenska.

The First Lady said she had met the girl while recording a video for Christmas holidays.

“The little girl managed to paint with dye not only herself, her dress, but also all the other children, me, the cameramen and the director just in half an hour…

Look at her, alive, please. Crying with her loved ones,” wrote Zelenska.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, so far, the death toll of the Russian strike on Vinnytsia stands at 23. Of those killed in the attack, three were children.

 

  • War deprives children of their inalienable right to life, survival and healthy development, as there is a constant threat to their lives and health in places of war or occupation, reports Ukrainer. In addition to the risk of death or injury from munitions and mines, children may come under fire or fall into the rubble of destroyed homes. For example, on March 18, rescuers pulled the bodies of seven-year-old twins from the rubble of the Chernihiv dormitory. Also, despite all the bans, the Russian military is resorting to torturing civilians, including children. For example, the tortured and burned bodies of three people, one of which belongs to a child, were found in the Izium district of Slobozhanshchyna.

 

  • In Ukraine, there is no accurate information about the situation in the territories temporarily occupied by the Russians and the number of people killed by the invaders, but gradually everything is becoming clear.

In other words, data on 24 children killed by Russians in Mariupol have been revealed, said President Volodymyr Zelensky in an address to participants of the American Jewish Committee Global Forum.

“Today, as I write this appeal, the death toll has changed significantly. The list of our children killed has increased by 24 names and now has 287 points. And this is probably one of the worst things that happen during the war. the occupiers killed part of our country, “the head of state said.

He stressed that the Ukrainian side does not have complete information about what is happening in the temporarily occupied areas, and does not know everything about the murders and other crimes committed by Russians there.

“We do not know how many bodies the occupiers buried in mass graves or left in the ruins of broken cities. But gradually we learn about it. And so the list of killed children became longer by 24 points. These are children who died from Russian attacks on Mariupol. Now we know about them,” the President said.

Among those killed, Zelensky named the children Maxim and Darya, who were born this year.

“Maxim and Daria did not live for three months, they died with their parents when they were all buried in the basement of an ordinary apartment building, on which a Russian plane dropped a bomb,” the head of state said.

 

  • Mykola Kuleba, the former Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, said that 58 orphans had been taken from the basement of the church in occupied Kherson and were sent in an unknown direction.

He declares that the children were taken away by the FSB and accused Lyudmila Denisova of disclosing the children’s whereabouts. According to the ex-ombudsman, 58 children under the age of 5, including children with disabilities, were on the territory of the church, where they were taken from the baby’s home.

 

  • Nearly 100 days of war in Ukraine have wrought devastating consequences for children at a scale and speed not seen since World War II, UNICEF said 1st of June. Three million children inside Ukraine and over 2.2 million children in refugee-hosting countries are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Almost two out of every three children have been displaced by fighting.

Based on reports verified by OHCHR, on average more than two children are killed and more than four injured each day in Ukraine – mostly in attacks using explosive weapons in populated areas. Civilian infrastructure on which children depend continues to be damaged or destroyed; this so far includes at least 256 health facilities and one in six UNICEF-supported ‘Safe Schools’ in the country’s east. Hundreds of other schools across the country have also been damaged. Conditions for children in eastern and southern Ukraine where fighting has intensified are increasingly desperate.

“June 1st is International Day for the Protection of Children in Ukraine and across the region,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “Instead of celebrating the occasion, we are solemnly approaching June 3 – the 100th day of a war that has shattered the lives of millions of children. Without an urgent ceasefire and negotiated peace, children will continue to suffer – and fallout from the war will impact vulnerable children around the world.”

UNICEF is also warning that the war has caused an acute child protection crisis. Children fleeing violence are at significant risk of family separation, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. Most have been exposed to deeply traumatic events. These children urgently need safety, stability, child protection services, and psychosocial support – especially those who are unaccompanied or have been separated from their families. More than anything, they need peace.

At the same time, the war and mass displacement are devastating livelihoods and economic opportunities, leaving many families without sufficient income to meet basic needs and unable to provide adequate support for their children.

UNICEF continues to call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and to protect all children from harm. This includes ending the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and attacks on civilian infrastructure. UNICEF is appealing for full humanitarian access to safely and quickly reach children in need wherever they may be.

UNICEF and its partners are on the ground in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, working to provide children and their families with humanitarian assistance, including child protection, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and education services.

In Ukraine, UNICEF and partners have distributed life-saving health and medical supplies for nearly 2.1 million people in war-affected areas; enabled access to safe water for over 2.1 million people living in areas where networks have been damaged or destroyed; reached over 610,000 children and caregivers with mental health and psychosocial support; and provided learning supplies to nearly 290,000 children. Almost 300,000 vulnerable families have registered for a UNICEF-Ministry of Social Policy humanitarian cash assistance programme.

In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF supports national, municipal and local systems that deliver essential services and protection, particularly for the most vulnerable children. This includes anti-trafficking training for border guards; expanding learning opportunities and integrating refugee children into schools; procuring vaccines and medical supplies; and establishing play and learning hubs that provide young children with a much-needed sense of normalcy and respite. Twenty-five UNICEF-UNHCR Blue Dots – one-stop safe havens that provide support and services for families on the move, have been established along major transit routes in Moldova, Romania, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Slovakia. In Moldova, over 52,000 refugees, mostly in female-headed households, have been reached through a UNICEF-UNHCR multi-purpose cash assistance programme.

UNICEF has issued a US $624.2M appeal for funds to support its humanitarian response inside Ukraine and a US $324.7M appeal for its response in refugee-hosting countries.

 

  • According to Commissioner’s psychological helpline the following cases took place in Kherson Region:
  1. Two girls aged 12 and 15 were raped by rashists.
  2. A 6-month-old girl was raped by a russian with a teaspoon.
  3. Two two-year-old twin boys and their mother were at home. Five rashists broke in, one held the mother, the other two raped the children orally and anal. The children died from ruptures and blood loss.
  4. A three-year-old boy was raped in front of his mother by two rsshists, and the child died of his injuries.

 

  • The 15-year-old girl spent ten days in the basement, where the Russians shot her mother so hard that woman bled for two days and they raped her daughter in front of a dying woman.

“They were not Chechens, but Russians. 20-year-old boys. And they said that they would do so with all Ukrainian women so that they would never give birth to Ukrainian children again. The girl periodically fainted. They poured cold water on her and continued to rape. At the same time, they drank constantly. Vorzel is not a bad place – many have wine cellars there. The Russians broke down and one day got so drunk that they forgot to tie her up. So she got out of the basement. She saw my car through the fence, and while I was delivering the packages, I climbed into the salon. I asked why she jumped in my car, and she said, “I just felt like you could save me.” She ’15! She is fragile, small, skinny, quite a child. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Europe”, told volonteer Kostyantyn Gudauskas.

 

  • The rashists raped girls under the age of 10.

So says volunteer Eugene Spirin, who worked in the morgue in Bucha after the liberation of the city.

“Some of the children killed by the Russian occupiers in Bucha and Irpen, Kyiv region, had their hands tied, which may indicate torture,” and even girls under the age of 10 were found raped”.

 

  • Every day, the Commissioner’s Psychological Assistance Line receives reports of sexual crimes by rashists which are horrible. The atrocities of russian soldiers know no bounds.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine are liberating the towns and villages of Kharkiv region, and most calls have been received from there over the past week”, reports Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denysova in her Telegram.

All the appeals are from victims or their relatives. On 18 May 10 people applied for sexual violence, 8 of them were raped minors. Including two 10-year-old boys.

“Triplets 9 years old, girls. Raped by rashists – have severe genital injuries. All this in front of her mother, she is in shock. Izum; the mother turned, and her nine-month-old daughter was raped by candlelight; a one-year-old boy was raped by two rashists and died; a two-year-old girl, raped by two, survived; raped men aged 67 and 78. Horror and rage are overflowing!”, said Denisova.

 

  • A polisman from Borodianka lost six members of his family after his house was shelled on 26 February in 2022. Among the dead there was his his one-year-old baby daughter, Polina. Actually she was breathing when her father found her but died in hospital shortly afterwards.

 

  • The occupiers hit the Donetsk region with cruise missiles and “Smerch”. The shelling killed children.

This was reported by Censor.NET with reference to the Communications Department of the National Police.

As it is noted, for days the enemy fired at 10 settlements. 38 civilian objects were destroyed.

“The following settlements came under fire: Mariupol, Bakhmut, Soledar, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, Avdiivka, Lyman, Mykolaivka, Krasnohorivka, New York. Russian troops fired on civilians from aircraft, tanks, heavy artillery, Smerch multiple rocket launchers, and cruise missiles, the statement said.

Two children died between 6:00 on May 18 and 6:00 on May 19. They were killed in Lyman as a result of a direct hit in an apartment building.

The police launched a pre-trial investigation under Article 438 (violation of the laws or customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

 

  • As a result of shelling by the Russian occupiers in Donetsk region, on May 18, 10 people died.

“7 in Lyman and 3 in Bakhmut. One child was killed in Bakhmut. Seven more people were injured today”, the head of Regional Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko reported.

Russin invadors damaged a living-house. During the examination of the rubbles of the destroyed house in Bakhmut, the bodies of two victims were found: a 2-year-old child and a 35-year-old woman, reports Donetsk prosecution.

According to the President of Ukraine, about 500,000 people were forcibly deported from the temporarily occupied territories to Russia.

“Children and adults were separated. According to our data, children were sent to different families or to orphanages, boarding schools – where there are orphans, children without parents. That is why it is a tragedy for us. We do not know this number of children, we do not know the number of people, we do not know in what condition they are. It was a deportation by force. Documents were confiscated from them, from adults in the first place, passports were confiscated and exchanged for Russian ones,” the President said.

 

  • As of the morning of May 16, 2022, more than 650 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of full-scale armed aggression by the Russian Federation. According to official juvenile prosecutors, 229 children were killed and more than 421 injured.

According to juvenile prosecutors, the most affected children were in Donetsk region – 140, Kyiv – 116, Kharkiv – 100, Chernihiv – 68, Kherson – 48, Luhansk – 45, Mykolaiv – 44, Zaporizhia – 28, Sumy – 17, in Kyiv – 16, Zhytomyr – 15.

It is also reported that a 15-year-old boy was injured on May 14 as a result of enemy shelling in the village of Lebyazhe, Chuhuiv district, Kharkiv region.

“It became known that on March 8, a 15-year-old girl died as a result of an airstrike by Russian troops in Mariupol, Donetsk region. And on March 18, a 16-year-old boy died due to shelling by the occupiers,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

The bombing and shelling of Ukrainian towns and villages by the Russian armed forces damaged 1,748 educational institutions. At the same time, 144 of them were completely destroyed.

 

  • Evacuated residents of temporarily occupied Mariupol report that the Russians are interrogating children. Such actions are taken to verify the authenticity of the testimony of their parents.

As Censor.NET reports, the ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova reported about it on Telegram.

“First, the racists interrogate the parents, trying to find out the information they need. And then, in their presence, they interrogate the children,” Denisova wrote, noting that they “look for differences in the words of parents and children.”

Such “intelligence activities” are carried out in conditions and in a way that puts special moral and psychological pressure not only on parents but also on children.

“Children feel fear and insecurity in front of the armed forces,” she added.

Such interrogations of children violate Articles 27 and 31 of the UN Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, which provide for the right to protection from violence and intimidation and the right to protection from any coercion of a physical or moral nature to obtain information.

“I emphasize that no child may be subjected to cruel, degrading treatment (Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).

I appeal to the UN Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations during the Russian military invasion of Ukraine to take into account the facts of violations of the rights of Russian children in Ukraine,” Denisova said.

 

  • Residents of liberated Ukrainian cities accuse the Russian occupiers not only of robbery and looting, but also of rape. Ukrainian volunteers and investigators are passing information to the International Criminal Court, and the Prosecutor General’s Office has already launched an investigation into the first rape case.

As reported by Current time, human rights activists of La Strada Ukraine received the first report of sexual violence by the Russian occupiers on March 4 from the then already occupied Kherson. According to La Strada Ukraine employee Alyona Kryvulyak, the occupier raped a city resident and her 17-year-old daughter.

“The woman spoke about the fact of gang rape. The Russian occupiers raped her and then her daughter. The situation was such that the daughter saw inhumans raping her mother, and then the mother saw her underage daughter being raped,” Kryvulyak said.

 

  • During demining efforts in one of the liberated settlements in Kharkiv region, a Ukrainian bomb squad found an IED planted in a baby crib.

That’s according to Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, who spoke at the national telethon, Ukrinform reports.

“We saw cribs that had been mined – under a crib mattress, there would be a device that would go off if someone lay in that crib,” the official said.

A senior official with the State Emergencies Service of Ukraine, Oleh Bondar, suggests it will take five to 10 years to complete demining works across Ukraine, based on international experience.

 

  • 31 children killed in seven settlements (Bucha, Irpin, Gostomel, Borodyanka, Nemishayevo, Piskivka, Kotsyubynske), another 19 children were injured, the fate and whereabouts of one child are still unknown.

These figures were anounced by the lower from Bucha Prosecutor’s Office in his interview for one of the Ukrainian media.

“I can confidently say that all the children were killed or injured intentionally, as the military of the Russian Armed Forces deliberately fired on evacuation vehicles with the inscription children and white flags, deliberately fired on residential buildings.

One case has been identified, it is about boy who was shot while he and his father were riding bicycles. The boy was shot in the head, although they saw that he was a child. We have not found any similar cases on the territory of Bucha OTG, but we can say that the Russian military deliberately shot evacuation cars with children.

A well-known case of Kateryna, who tried to evacuate from Vorzel with her parents and younger brother. Doctors managed to save the girl. A similar tragedy happened to little Sofia – the Russian military deliberately fired on the car in which she was with her parents. The girl’s mother died. One more girl who was evacuated from Gostomel and injured. Her mother also died… These are known cases that have appeared in the media, but there are many similar accidents. I have already told you about a mother with two children who were buried in a mass grave. That is, children died either during the shelling of evacuation vehicles, or during the shelling of residential buildings”.

 

  • The Russian occupiers struck at an ecopark in the Kharkiv region on 5 May. A 15-year-old volunteer boy was killed and three people were injured.

 

  • On March 12, 2022, Maksym Vovk and his 16-year-old son Oleh were killed in racist shelling in Mariupol.

According to the online newspaper “PolitArena”, Ukrainian writer Kostiantyn Koverzniev wrote about it on Facebook.

16-year-old Oleg Vovk died in front of his mother Iryna. Now there is no contact with Iryna Vovk, her daughter and sister.

 

  • A 13-year-old child died as a result of the shelling of Odessa. Another 17-year-old girl was injured.

Ukrainian Deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko stated this in Telegram.

He noted that there are also more fatalities.

Assh#les! Everyone will answer, bastards”, – wrote Honcharenko.

 

  • 14-year-old multiple champion of Ukraine in weightlifting in her age category Alina Peregudova died at the hands of racists in Mariupol.

“A promising sportswoman from Donetsk region died from enemy shelling. Together with Alina, Russian soldiers killed her mother”, – the city council informed.

The girl was waiting for an invitation to the adult national team.

“But the ‘Russian peace’ has come and has ‘liberated’ her from the future”, – the mayor’s office wrote.

Alina studied at the Donetsk Regional Sports College and at the Serhiy Bubka Olympic Reserve School.

“It is difficult to find words to express condolences to all who knew her”, – said a statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

 

  • Forty-year-old Dmitro, one of the Human Rights Watch interlocutors, fled with his family from Bucha. They spent a couple of nights in the basement of a two-story house in Vorzel.

Dmitro told us that there was a woman with chest and leg wounds in the basement together with them. She died of wounds on 8 of March. Dmitro together with some locals buried her next to the house

He was told that on 6th March, Russian soldiers threw a smoke bomb into the basement. Some people panicked and ran outdoors, Russians opened fire on them. A woman was wounded and a 14-year-old child was killed headshot.

 

  • Children die in Azovstal bomb shelters. Unfortunately, a little girl died during one of the Russian bombings there.

“At the end of March, in one of the Azovstal bomb shelters (Mariupol, Ukraine), a girl aged 10-12 gave me a soft toy – her caterpillar! Today I was told that the other day she died during another Russians’ airstrike… Sorry, little girl that we did not have time to evacuate you and give you the opportunity to enjoy life again… “, – Ivan Bohdan, SBU employee from Mariupol,  wrote.

 

  • On April 25, two 9- and 13-year-old children died of their injuries as a result of shelling by Russian occupiers of residential buildings in Lyman, Donetsk Oblast.

 

  • Easter morning, Russian war criminals killed two girls from the Ocheretyn community in the Donetsk region. This was announced on Sunday, April 24, by Donetsk Regional Military Administration Chairman Pavlo Kyrylenko. “The house on Myru Street, where their family lived, was destroyed, and girls aged 14 and 5 died,” Kyrylenko wrote in a telegram.

 

On April 23, a 12-year-old child was injured due to shelling in the village of Turove, Bohodukhivsky district, Kharkiv region.

 

  • More than 602 children were injured in Ukraine during two months of full-scale armed aggression by the Russian Federation. According to official data, as of the morning of April 24, 2022, 213 children died and more than 389 were injured.

As reported press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

On April 23, it became known about the death of two girls – young actresses of the Donetsk Regional Drama Theater. Children died due to shelling by Russian troops in Mariupol.

It is also reported that on April 22, a 17-year-old boy died as a result of shelling of civilian infrastructure in the village of Kamyanske, Vasylivsky district, Zaporizhia region.

In addition, on April 22, the body of a 16-year-old boy with shrapnel wounds was found during the recording of criminal offenses committed in the Bucha district of the Kyiv region by the occupiers.

On April 23, near the village of Novokyivka, Snihurivskyi district, Mykolaiv region, a 9-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl received mine injuries and shrapnel wounds as a result of a mine detonation.

“1,500 educational institutions were damaged as a result of daily bombings and shelling of Ukrainian towns and villages by the Russian armed forces. At the same time, 102 of them were completely destroyed,” the statement said.

 

  • A three-month-old child was among the six dead in Odesa on April 23 when the troops of the Russian Federation let out some rockets from the Caspian Sea.

“Odessa rescuers are looking for victims under the rubble, despite the danger of shelling,” signed The adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko on his Telegram.

He pointed out that there were several hits in high-rise buildings on the streets of Academic Korolyov (16-storey residential building, there are victims) and Spartakivska (victims are being identified).

 

  • The Chikmarevs moved from Donetsk after there war started to Bucha. Alexander, has wife Margarita and their two sons, Matthew and Klim lived in the basement for a long time when the Russian  invadors entered the town.

The family decided to evacuate, quickly gathered the essentials, and got into the car with the children. However, they did not even manage to leave the city.

“We didn’t have time to drive even a few minutes when I saw the Russian BMPs. The shelling started immediately. One BMP was standing in front – from where the shots were fired, the other behind and a little to the side. Everything happened instantly, no warning shot up, no conversations. back seats, look at Rita and the children – the children were already lying dead, Rita told me something else and that was all, she was already dead, “- tells Alexander for Suspilne.

He himself was wounded. Later, his leg was amputated.

“Our neighbor took the bodies of the children and Rita and buried them near the church, which situated in front of our house. He managed to do it only in a week, because they were afraid to go to the place of execution,” – said the father of the killed children.

 

  • On the highway near the village of Gavronshchina, Bucha district, Kyiv region police found a car shot by the Russian military.

This was reported by the National Police.

It turned out that in mid-March, during the aggressor’s attack, locals tried to evacuate, but on the way, they were shot by the occupiers. Two children died on the spot, a 2-year-old boy and a 14-year-old teenager, as well as women in their 30s, 50s, and 70s. The man behind the wheel managed to survive. The driver was hospitalized with serious injuries.

 

  • Alina Burdak, the former head of the Borodyanka district state administration, told that her five-year-old goddaughter Eva Smishchuk had been killed by Russian soldiers. Her parents also died. Father, Vitaliy Smishchuk, was a surgeon, and mother, Tetyana Smishchuk, was a nurse.

They lived in Borodyanka, Kyiv region.

On March 2, a Russian bomb struck the Smishchuk’s house. Only now rescuers were able to dismantle the debris and find the bodies of the dead.

As you know, the town of Borodyanka was one of the first which gave a fierce battle to the rashist invadors. Here they suffered heavy losses in military equipment and manpower.

 

  • Nine days into the war in Ukraine, as the fighting raged, Viktoria Kovalenko and her husband Petro had finally decided to flee Chernihiv, in the north of the country. They wanted to keep the children safe. Twelve-year-old Veronika was Viktoria’s daughter from her first marriage. Her other daughter, Varvara, is just a year old. As they left the outskirts of the city, heading south near the village of Yahidne, stones in the road blocked their path. Petro pulled over, climbed out and started to haul them out of the way. Seconds later, their car was fired on.

“My older daughter Veronika started to cry, because my head had been cut by a piece of flying glass and I was bleeding,” says Viktoria. As she speaks, she points to a spot high on her left cheekbone, a small, twisted red scar.

“Veronika started to shout, her hands were shaking, so I tried to calm her. She got out of the car and I went to follow. As I got out I saw her fall. When I looked, her head was gone”, – reports BBC Viktoria’s story.

Her husband was dead too. She and her baby were discovered by patrolling Russian troops. They were taken to a school in Yahidne and held captive in the basement. Mother and baby spent the next 24 days there, in appalling conditions.

 

  • A 12-year-old girl was burned alive in a car in Yahidne, Chernihiv Region.

As it was reported by Ukraine’s Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova the tragedy happened in March on the highway near the village when their car was shelled.

As of April 7, it is known that 167 children were killed and almost 300 were injured by the Russian army.

As a result of the shelling of the city of Kharkiv on March 22, a 4-year-old boy was seriously injured.

A woman and her three-year-old daughter died in the intensive care unit during the shelling of the Slobidsky district of Kharkiv.

Denisova stressed that the actions of the Russian invadors violate the right of children to life, which is enshrined in Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

  • A mother and two children were killed in Irpin near Kyiv.

They tried to escape the town. This family moved in 2014 from Donetsk to Irpin but Russins came to “release” them again.

Putin’s troops are killing children ‘consciously and cynically’.

 

  • Russian soldiers shot dead a ten-year-old girl Anastasia Stoluk in a village Shybene, near Kyiv after they got drunk, heard a gun go off and began firing at random, her cousin said.

The soldiers refused to allow Nastya’s mother, Luba, to go to the cemetery so she was buried in the yard, reports The Times.

The Russian invador attacked a child – 11-year-old girl – shot her directly in the face.

CNN’s Ivan Watson reports from inside a children’s war in Ukraine talked to a girl in a clinic.

The child came under fire on March 16, when she and her mother, sister and grandmother tried to leave Mariupol. They were in the car belonged to people who helped with evacuation. At one of the checkpoints the Russians began to fire on civilians without warning, then stopped the car, forced everyone to get out and started threatening. People stopped and left with their hands up, but one soldier shot the girl.

 

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