On-the-spot threat to Ukrainian children

On-the-spot threat to Ukrainian children

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Thirteen days from February 24, when Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in what political and military analysts say is an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014 after the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Evidently, the invasion has been the largest military attack in Europe since World War II.

Video footages from the battlefront, beamed worldwide by television and other social media platforms, apart from the continuing reports online and those printed by the broadsheets, suggest massive destruction in life and infrastructure.

We have seen how the Ukrainian military and civilians have fought to stop the rolling columns of tanks from advancing deeper into their homeland, not the least the flames that reduced to rubble high-rise buildings in the major cities.

We have heard and read stories about a police officer’s family – his parents, his wife, his daughter, and his son – wiped out by the enemies; the story of another who displayed anguish as he looked down at the pit caused by a missile where his wife and child were, the remains of his kin no longer to be found.

We have seen an interrogator from the Ukrainian military asking questions on more than a dozen “soldiers” who were captured – they turned out to be, on the main, teachers and one was a driver from a coal mine – prompting the interrogator to remark that their commanders he called bastards “made you fodder for the cannons.”

But the good thing was he told them never to be nervous because they were already safe and they would live and be given food.

Many more human interest stories from both sides. And in-depth analyses on the roots, impact, among others, of the Russian invasion which began on February 24.

For now, we will briefly look at the conflict which the UNICEF rightly has said poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children.

The UN body aptly said, while gearing up life-saving support for the children in the war zone, that humanitarian needs are multiplying by the hour as fighting intensifies, with many children getting killed and wounded.

Some 500,000 children have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, with the number of refugees continuing to grow.

The call by UNICEF for the protection now of all children in Ukraine has never been more timely. And they need peace in fact.

UNICEF has properly observed that the past eight years of conflict in eastern Ukraine have inflicted profound and lasting damage to children on both sides of the line of contact.

“Now, the suffering extends across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people are without safe water or electricity due to damage to infrastructure, and many have been cut off from health care,” it said.
The world cannot be deaf. Neither can it be blind. (ai/mtvn)

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