More than a million children have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries in less than two weeks since Russia began invading Ukraine, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
At least 37 children were killed and 50 injured, Executive Director Catherine Russell said in a statement.
Russell said she was “appalled” by the reported attack on a children’s hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where officials said a Russian airstrike buried patients under rubble despite an agreed ceasefire.
“If this attack is confirmed, it will underscore the terrible toll this war is taking on the children and families of Ukraine,” Russell said.
The bombing, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an “atrocity,” came despite a ceasefire agreed to allow thousands of civilians trapped in the city to escape.
Mariupol City Council said the hospital had been hit several times by airstrikes that caused “colossal” destruction.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Russian forces do not shoot at civilian targets.”
More than two million people have fled Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24.
Moscow is calling its action a “military special operation” to disarm its neighbor and expel leaders it calls “neo-Nazis.”
Most of those who have fled are women and children, as the Kyiv government has ordered all able-bodied men to stay at home to fight.
The conflict has quickly plunged Russia into economic isolation and almost universally condemned internationally.
The United States on Tuesday banned imports of Russian oil, while Western companies are rapidly withdrawing from the Russian market.
More than 1 million children have fled Ukraine since Russian invasion began – UNICEF – SABC News
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