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Children of Ukraine at War

April 16, 2016 – Ukraine’s Unwanted Children (Rejected : Child Documentary) – Ukraine has the highest rate of child abandonment in Europe. This documentary explores the reasons for this, and how Ukraine is trying to overcome this appalling statistic.

February 24, 2022 – Masha, 9, is one of the millions of children in Ukraine who need peace now. UNICEF calls on all parties to respect their international obligations to protect children from harm. Subscribe to UNICEF here: The official UNICEF YouTube channel is your primary destination for the latest news updates from the frontline, documentaries, celebrity appeals, and more about our work to realize the rights of every child.

February 25, 2022 – As Russian forces have entered Ukraine, hundreds of families are leaving for a safer destination. Social media is filled with many such posts where families are parting ways due to the conflict. In a heart-wrenching video, a father is seen giving an emotional farewell to his daughter. He is seen hugging and kissing as his daughter and wife are leaving for a safe destination to escape the Russian invasion. The man has, however, decided to stay back to fight against the Russian forces. The video has now gone viral on social media.

March 5, 2022 – Mission to get hospice children to safety – Ukranian moms and their children in hospice care flee from indiscriminate Russian artillery, missile, and air bombardment in Kharkiv on a humanitarian train to seek safety in Poland.

March 10, 2022 – Michael Nyenhuis, president of UNICEF USA, discusses the toll the war has on children as UNICEF reports that at least 37 have been killed in less than two weeks.

March 10, 2022 – CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports from Romania where he meets children and their teachers who fled their homes in Odessa, Ukraine, as the Russians invaded. Meanwhile, CNN’s Sara Sidner talks to caretakers in Poland who fled Ukraine with orphans and foster children during the invasion.

March 11, 2022 – UNICEF spokesperson James Elder discusses the most vulnerable groups being impacted by the war in Ukraine.

March 14, 2022 – Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children have become refugees since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Their testimonies of the horrors of war are a stunning combination of unfiltered emotion and calm descriptiveness. The children also reflect on politics.

March 20, 2022 – It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million children have fled Ukraine, forced to say goodbye to their homes and friends and leave everything they know behind amid Russia’s invasion. The children of war endure the trauma with their smiles and laughter, not because they are unaware of the horrors they survived, but because it is their way to rise above conflict. NBC’s Ellison Barber reports in this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

March 21, 2022 – The children’s hospital in Zaporizhzhia, just outside the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol is treating children who have been victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Two-year-old Artem has shrapnel wounds to his stomach, 15-year-old Masha has lost a leg and fractured an arm. Doctors say she was so traumatized that she didn’t eat or drink for days and had to be fed intravenously. This video contains scenes some may find distressing.

March 23, 2022 – Nearly half of the 3.6 million refugees fleeing Ukraine are children. Now, UNICEF is calling for strengthened measures to protect the youngest and most vulnerable victims of the war. James Elder weighs in on the concerns of human trafficking.

March 25, 2022 – CNN’s Ivan Watson reports from inside a children’s ward in Ukraine and talks to an 11-year-old girl who was shot in the face by a Russian soldier.

April 7, 2022 – Russians kill. The Kremlin media has already openly stated that Ukrainians must be exterminated. It does not matter to the Russian occupier: whether it is a man or a woman, a child or a senior. They have an order to destroy. But as always, they are cowardly trying to avoid responsibility. Here are just some of the “lucky” stories provided by the children’s hospital “Okhmatdyt” in Kyiv.

April 19, 2022 – The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a devastating impact on the country’s children, with authorities saying that at least 205 have been killed since the conflict began. The UN also estimates that as many as two thirds of all children in Ukraine have been displaced. Among the young people who have died was 13-year-old Elisei Ryabukon, who was shot and killed by Russian soldiers while trying to escape his village with his family.

April 29, 2022 – Millions of Ukraine’s children have fled their homes since Russia invaded their country. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF estimates two thirds of the country’s children are now displaced. For some, it’s an even harder journey, because they don’t have their parents with them. One children’s home on the eastern frontline in the city of Luhansk had to relocate hundreds of miles across the country to the western city of Lviv.

April 29, 2022 – Millions of children across Ukraine have had to flee their homes since the war there began. For some, it’s an even harder journey, because they don’t have their parents with them. One children’s home on the eastern frontline had to move all of its children hundreds of miles across the country to keep them safe. Among them is 11-year-old Angelina, who’s now trying to start a new life in the western city of Lviv.

May 3, 2022 – Sky’s Mark Austin reports from Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkiv where the children are trying to continue their life – underground.

May 4, 2022 – There is evidence that thousands of disabled Ukrainian children have been forgotten and abandoned in institutions that can’t look after them. The human rights organization, Disability Rights International, has carried out an investigation and found children with severe disabilities tied to beds in overrun children’s homes unable to cope.

The BBC has been given exclusive access to an institution in western Ukraine, where disabled children from the east have been left by their caretakers who fled to neighboring countries. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Dan Johnson in Ukraine.

May 15, 2022 – It’s thought that more than 11 million people, including at least two million children, have had to flee their homes in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February. 15-year-old Polina, her five-year-old sister, Taisiia, and their mom Svetlana, made the journey from Ukraine to the UK in search of a new life. The BBC has been following the family’s journey and caught up with Polina as she started high school.

June 3, 2022 – Sky’s Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay spoke to 10-year-old Nazar, a Ukrainian boy who leads a patrol group in his local area every day with a toy gun, questioning soldiers and foreign media at various checkpoints. The boys say they’re out from 9am until 9pm every day protecting what’s left of their village. Warning: This video contains distressing images.

June 7, 2022 – Since Russia invaded Ukraine, hundreds of children have been killed, hundreds more have been injured, and millions have fled. Ukraine’s children have suffered immeasurably since Vladimir Putin’s forces started the conflict, more than 100 days ago. For those families who have stayed, the children live with the reality of war every day, under constant threat from Russian bombing. We spoke to children who live in the Donbas area about what their lives are like – living on the front line.

July 5, 2022 – The war in Ukraine has forced more than five million refugees fleeing to the rest of Europe. More than 700,000 have sought refuge in Germany, where they face uncertain futures and long struggles to rebuild their lives. But it is the trauma of war that has been especially hard on children. Will Wintercross reports from Berlin in partnership with the Global Health Reporting Center.

July 27, 2022 – This is Ukraine from a ten year old girl’s perspective. Could Liza’s desire for peace encourage you to be hopeful? Watch her passionate talk now to find out. A child’s Ukraine: Ukraine is the country I love. The colors of our flag best represent how I feel. The blue skies of hope lie above the yellow fields full of crops.

I want to see those skies again. I want to play in those fields again. I want to see the blue and yellow again. Our country will be the story of survival. Stand with Ukraine. (Слава Україні! – Glory to Ukraine!) This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

August 10, 2022 – According to the U.N., roughly two-thirds of Ukrainian children have fled their homes at some point during the Russian invasion, leaving an entire generation of kids growing up as refugees in their own country. NBC News’ Josh Lederman has the stories of three children that are trying to navigate childhood in a war zone. 

August 24, 2022 – An animation based on actual drawings by 11-year-old Maxym and other Ukrainian children living through the horrors of the Ukraine war. The children and families of Ukraine have now endured six months of devastation and displacement. Children are caught in the crossfire of ongoing hostilities, while schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure continue to be damaged or destroyed. Two out of every three Ukrainian girls and boys have been forced to flee their homes. There are 5.2 million children in need of humanitarian assistance in the country.

August 26, 2022 – Nearly 1,000 children have died or been injured during Russia’s war with Ukraine, according to UNICEF.

October 7, 2022 – Three Ukrainian children were among those sheltering in public schools when they became victims of Russian bomb attacks. They share their stories — and their song — with 60 Minutes.

October 13, 2022 – Ukrainian children left without parental care in the war-torn country are being sent to foster parents in Russia, after President Vladimir Putin issued a special decree allowing citizenship to be granted to youngsters from Ukraine. Moscow describes the controversial adoptions as a humanitarian move, but rights organizations say it is often unclear if the children are orphans or under what circumstances they lost parental care.

October 22, 2022 – According to human rights groups, hundreds of Ukrainian civilians have been imprisoned unlawfully in Russia, with the lucky ones being used as bargaining chips in prisoner swaps. CNN’s Clarissa Ward speaks with families of those who have been taken.

November 14, 2022 – Nearly nine months of the war is taking a toll on Ukraine’s youngest citizens. NBC News’ Molly Hunter has a look inside the effort to help the country’s children cope with the trauma of warfare.

November 22, 2022 – Amid the war in Ukraine, children have been caught in the middle, with claims of some being kidnapped and ABC News’ Britt Clennett reports on the fight to reunite some of those families.

December 12, 2022 – The Ukrainian government says roughly 13,000 children, some with living family members, have been illegally taken to Russia since the war started. Ukraine says it’s a war crime, and Russia claims it’s saving forgotten orphans.

January 27, 2023 – Ukrainian combat medic Oksana Lebedenko lost contact with her 11-year-old daughter Yeva after Russian forces occupied her hometown of Vovchansk in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Lebedenko later discovered that her pro-Russian brother had taken her daughter to Russia without permission.

February 16, 2023 – According to American and European governments – and a new report by Yale investigators, backed by the US State Department – the Russian government is behind a scheme to forcibly deport thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia, often to a network of dozens of camps, where the minors undergo political reeducation. Russia has characterized reports of forcible relocation as “absurd” and said it does its “best” to keep minors with their families. CNN’s Anderson Cooper speaks with Nathaniel Raymond, the executive director of the Yale Humanitarian Research Lab about the details of the report.

February 24, 2023 – The Ukrainian government says Russia has illegally deported more than 16,000 children to Russian territory since 2014, a practice that intensified after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine a year ago. Not all children are taken by force, but evidence is mounting of a coordinated effort to indoctrinate Ukrainian children and send them to Russian foster families. In the southern city of Kherson, witnesses say Russian forces took children from at least two orphanages as they pulled out of the city last November. But thanks to the bravery of locals, some children were saved from deportation. FRANCE 24’s Elena Volochine, Andrew Hilliar, Abdelkader Dermas and Olga Ivashchenko report.

February 25, 2023 – Alisa and her mom and dad, a story of resilience. Yesterday, February 24th, 2023, marks exactly one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Two thirds of Ukraine’s children are refugees. Thousands of small children have experienced the loss of loved ones, separation from family members, the destruction of their homes, fear and the move to a foreign land. Thousands of small children have been shot at by Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian missiles, Russian soldiers they do not know, Russian soldiers they have never even seen. This fragment of a story is dedicated to them . . . the children of Odesa, Kharkiv, Bucha, Lviv . . . who tell us what they have experienced, who they miss, and how they are going to manage what they know about their world now. We meet them in kindergartens, tent cities in central Ukraine, and in orphanages.

Hundreds of thousands of moms and children have fled from their homeland to other countries to begin new lives. Seven-year-old Alisa, from the Ukrainian capital city, Kyiv, escaped with her mom and dad from a war that several times almost took Alisa’s life. Her dad was wounded and later died, but with his last ounce of life, he made it possible for Alisa to live. Psychologists, aid workers, kindergarten teachers, and doctors are doing all they can to support these severely traumatized children, to help them regain some sense of trust again, and return to living without fear. It is not easy, and the long list of traumatized children constantly grows longer. Alisa and so many thousands of other children have lost their childhood. With the help of their moms, and new caregivers in their lives, they are doing their best to recover from the brutality of war. I pray for them, all of them.

February 26, 2023 – ABC News’ Ian Pannell is in Ukraine one year after the start of the war, sharing the stories of families and children whose lives have been forever altered.

March 6, 2023 – “The Russians are not denying that they got these children but they’re claiming that they’re abandoned children that they rescued from the war. This is very different from the stories of the parents.” Russia has kidnapped thousands of children from occupied Ukraine under the guise of school trips, Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb tells timesradio.

March 17, 2023 – An arrest warrant has been issued by the International criminal court (ICC) for Russian president Vladimir Putin, as well as Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Russia’s presidential commissioner for children’s rights. The ICC has stated that it has sufficient evidence to suggest that Putin is criminally liable for the ‘war crime of illegal deportation of population (children)’ and ‘unlawful transfer of population (children)’ from Ukraine’s occupied regions to Russia. The ICC has also found evidence to suggest that Lvova-Belova bears individual responsibility for the same crimes.

March 17, 2023 – As many as 16,000 children have been forcibly removed to Russia since the full scale war began, according to Ukrainian officials – some under the guise of “humanitarian evacuation” from Russian occupied cities like Mariupol and not all of them orphans. Hundreds have already been adopted by Russian families – with others sent to “re-education camps.” Now President Putin and his childrens’ rights commissioner have been indicted for war crimes – as Ukraine said it was “just the beginning.”

March 17, 2023 – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. That means Putin will not be able to travel to any possible future peace talks if they are held in a country that recognizes the ICC. And it raises questions over how realistic it is to expect that the Russian leader will appear in the dock.

March 18, 2023 – Arrested with Putin in the Hague, who is Maria Lvova-Belova? Vlog 323: War in Ukraine

March 18, 2023 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova for the “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children. The Russians have bragged about deporting tens of thousands of Ukrainian children, so the evidence is overwhelming and their actions fit the Geneva Conventions definition of a genocide. Until the end of time, Putin will be an accused war criminal with charges of genocide until he is arrested and handed over to The Hague to stand trial.

The ICC’s Press Release concerning charges:……
United 24’s video explaining Russia’s genocide:…
Marjorie Traitor Greene’s continued efforts to defend Putin:…

May 13, 2023 – “Russia is trying to erase their identity and make them Russian” Only 300 of the 20,000 kidnapped children have managed to return home, Maria Sulialina tells TimesRadio.

May 15, 2023 – The Russian President has ordered the abduction tens of thousands of Ukrainian children. Some have been adopted by Russian families; some are held in camps scattered all over Russia. The idea is to make them Russian – or use them as leverage against their home country. A few mothers have managed to take their kids back from Putin, but most are unlikely to return anytime soon.

00:00 Intro
02:09 The Accusations
11:04 The Logistics
15:14 Responsibility
20:32 Getting the children back
26:53 What happens next?

June 1, 2023 – As the war grinds on, President Zelenskyy has turned his focus to one of its most shocking casualties: children. While children in Ukraine endure the trauma of growing up in a war zone, Kyiv says there are also over 19,000 Ukrainian children who have been forcibly separated from their families and illegally deported to Russia. The Ukrainian president is spearheading efforts to reunite them.

June 28, 2023 – Stealing Ukraine’s children – inside Russia’s camps.

June 30, 2023 – In the fall of 2022, Russians kidnapped 48 orphans under the age of five from the Kherson Children’s Home. This is one of the most massive cases of deportation of Ukrainian children. Hromadske’s team of investigative journalists has been working on this story for the past three months. We have established a complete chronology of events, including all the criminals, three of whom the Prosecutor General’s Office has already announced suspicions of. This is concrete evidence needed for the issuance of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court for every person involved in the story.

June 30, 2023 – Sky News has been hearing the story of a teenage boy from Kherson – taken to a Russian camp against his will and his mother’s desperate effort to bring him home. 17-year-old Vlad Rudenko spent eight months in Russian-controlled territory camps whilst being separated from his family, his home and everything he knew and trusted. The Russians put Vlad in solitary confinement, he says, where he considered killing himself. Sky’s International Affairs Editor Dominic Waghorn, reports from Kyiv.