A record of a UN mission showed the ongoing conflict in Donbass killed 152 children and injured 146 children from April 2014 to April 2021, the Office of the Ombudsman of Ukraine said Friday.
“Unfortunately, these painful statistics do not fully reflect the scale of the losses suffered by children during the long-lasting armed conflict,” the office said on its official Facebook page, citing the data from the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
By May 30 of this year, the office noted, 66,491 children in Ukraine had been given the status of a child who suffered as a result of hostilities or armed conflicts.
The Ombudsman called on the Ukrainian government, parliament, state authorities and the public to make every effort to provide protection and safety of Ukrainian children from armed conflicts.
Earlier this week, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, or parliament, established June 4 as a day of remembrance for children who died from hostilities in Donbass.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. It has claimed some 14,000 lives and left 40,000 more wounded.