UN: 152 children killed, 146 injured in Ukraine since start of Russian aggression

UN: 152 children killed, 146 injured in Ukraine since start of Russian aggression

04.06.2021 12:35

A total of 152 children have been killed and 146 have been injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, according to data provided by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Today, for the first time at the state level, Ukraine honors the memory of children who died as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and marks International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

“According to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, over the entire period of the conflict in Ukraine, between April 14, 2014 and April 30, 2021, 152 children (102 boys and 50 girls) were killed and 146 children (120 boys and 26 girls) were injured. Unfortunately, these painful statistics do not fully reflect the scale of losses suffered by children during the ongoing armed conflict,” the report says.

Inability to ensure state control over the observance of human rights in the temporarily occupied territory does not allow assessing the scale of the problems faced by children on the other side of the contact line.

In turn, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova calls on the government, parliament, public and local authorities, as well as the public to make every effort to introduce a policy for the protection and safety of children from the armed conflict.

As a reminder, in 1982, the UN General Assembly decided to commemorate June 4 of each year as International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children. Its work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.

On June 1, the Verkhovna Rada adopted Resolution, No.5343, “On honoring the memory of children who died as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.” It provides for honoring at the state level the memory of children who died as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine on June 4 annually.

(c)UKRINFORM 2021

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