Nearly 100 children were killed in Ukraine in the past month, the UN’s children’s agency said on Thursday, as it warned of a “child rights crisis”.
Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of Unicef, told the UN Security Council that children are paying “an unconscionably high price” in the war, with 239 confirmed killed and 355 wounded since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24. He said the actual numbers are much higher.
“These attacks must stop,” Mr Abdi said. “Ultimately, children need an end to this war – their futures hang in the balance.”
Mr Abdi said the school year came to a standstill after Russia invaded, and as of last week at least 15 of 89 Unicef-supported schools in the country’s east had been damaged or destroyed in the fighting.
Millions of children have been forced to flee their homes.