Press Release


01 June 2023

“I am yet again shocked and saddened by the death of a child who was killed alongside other civilians during another barrage of missiles launched at Kyiv today by Russian armed forces. My thoughts are with their families and those injured.

On this Ukrainian Children’s Day, I also want to express my deepest sympathy with the families of over 1,500 children killed and injured in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion started in February 2022. The UN is also gravely concerned and following closely the reports of Ukrainian children being forcibly transferred to Russia.

The war has also a devastating impact on the mental health and well-being of children, including millions who have had to flee for their lives. The humanitarian community will continue to work non-stop to ensure they can receive the support they urgently need, for as long as it is necessary.”


For further information, please contact: Saviano Abreu, OCHA: +380 504 223 943,

Saviano Abreu

Saviano Abreu

UN Ukraine Spokesperson / Strategic Communications Advisor

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