The war in Ukraine has left 5.2 million children in need of assistance so far

  • Friday marks 100 days since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
  • UNICEF says the consequences for children are at a level not seen since World War II.
  • The organization said at least 5.2 million children need help so far.

More than three months of war in Ukraine has resulted in “disastrous consequences for children on a scale and speed not seen since World War II” – with 5.2 million children children In need of help, UNICEF said.

The figure includes three million inside Ukraine and another 2.2 million as refugees from neighboring countries.

UNICEF spokesperson Joe English told Insider that children in active war zones need the most basic necessities of life.

“They were forced to leave their homes. Their homes were destroyed,” English said. “They have nowhere left to return to.”

As of May 31, more than 4,100 people were killed in Ukraine, Including at least 264 children. More than 420 children were injured.

UNICEF warned that the war was causing an “acute child protection crisis” and called for a ceasefire to protect children.

“Children fleeing violence are at high risk of family separation, violence and abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking,” UNICEF said. “Most of them have experienced very traumatic events. These children are in urgent need of safety, stability, child protection services and psychosocial support – especially those who are unaccompanied or separated from their families.”

“They need peace more than anything,” the organization added.

Some of the necessities include things like safe drinking water, English said, adding that 1.4 million people in the eastern part of the country do not have access to safe drinking water. He said children also need food and medical supplies, as well as educational tools and toys.

“It is essential that we not only address those immediate needs of children and families…but also things like education, supplies, games and psychosocial support for children because you can keep children alive but you also need to give them a little bit of hope for the future.”

UNICEF’s findings come as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches its 100th day. Over the past several months, Ukraine has managed to postpone what was expected to be a Russian takeover closely.

The invasion has caused many sanctions to be imposed by Western countries on Russia, the last of which was on Monday, when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was. announce They will cut off about 90% of oil imports from Russia by the end of the year.

With Russia being one of the world’s largest crude oil producers in the world, such a move could significantly affect revenues and the global economy as a whole. However, even as the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin says They plan to sell it to other importers, There was pressure within the country to end the war, too.

Two regional officials in Russia have Putin publicly called for an end to the war. Despite domestic and international pressures to end the war on Ukraine, The Kremlin still thinks they have a chance to winand the offensive in the Donbass region is still underway, b Russia is gaining more ground.

Bombing and fighting Entire cities and infrastructure destroyedWith millions of people displaced or fleeing the country. UNICEF called for an end to “the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and attacks on civilian infrastructure.”

English said the ceasefire would help deliver essential supplies to people trapped in underground bunkers in areas where there are active bombings and clashes.

The impact of the war extends beyond the region and only Europe. Experts have warned that the invasion could lead to a food crisis With low supplies like wheat. This effect can raise prices and additionally limit Support other crises.

“A sad posterity of this conflict is that it has had an impact on children and families who are thousands and thousands of miles away – many of whom are already among the world’s most vulnerable children,” English said. “So Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria – this has an impact not only in terms of wheat supplies and food supplies that both Ukraine and Russia are huge sources for but also in terms of the broader economic impacts of this crisis.”