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EMERGENCY ALERT

At least 7.5 million children in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and displacement following an escalation in hostilities overnight.

Save the Children is urgently calling on all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities to reduce the risk to children’s lives and wellbeing. Your donation today to the Children's Emergency Fund helps us deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in the Ukraine and around the world. 

Help Save Children in Ukraine

Children in Eastern Ukraine have grown up in conflict for the past eight years, enduring violence, shelling and being displaced from their homes. Even before this latest escalation of tensions, 2.9 million people, including over 400,000 children, already required humanitarian assistance.

Today, Ukraine’s children are caught in the crossfire of this adult war. It should never have come to this.

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families. Your donation today to the Children's Emergency Fund helps deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in the Ukraine and around the world. 

What is the current situation in Ukraine?

 Following an escalation in hostilities overnight, all the children in Ukraine — at least 7.5 million — are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress displacement.

Explosions have been heard in the capital Kyiv and other major cities such as Kharkiv, forcing children and families into basements and bomb shelters. Parents are reporting trying to calm terrified children. Thousands of others are fleeing the capital, mostly by car. Temperatures in the capital are dropping below freezing, and displaced children may face long nights and days exposed to brutal conditions.

In Eastern Ukraine, more than 400,000 children live in the areas at high risk of the direct impacts of the presence of soldiers and artillery, including being injured or killed by guns, landmines and explosive weapons, or being displaced from their homes. At least 100,000 of these children and their families are already known to have left their homes since Monday, and are currently sheltering with friends, relatives and strangers, often in cramped conditions.

What are the challenges for children growing up in conflict in Ukraine?

Many children in Ukraine have already witnessed or experienced acts of violence over eight years of conflict. 

  • The crisis in Ukraine has already forced at least 1.5 million people from their homes
  • Over 400,000 children currently live in the conflict zone
  • Child poverty rates are up more than 57% in the the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine
  • Since the beginning of the conflict, over 750 education facilities have become damaged
  • Nearly 3,370 civilians have been killed since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, with more than 7,000 more injured
An eight-year-old boy stands outside his small village close to the frontline of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

How is Save the Children supporting children in crisis in Ukraine?

Save the Children is urgently calling on all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities to reduce the risk to children’s lives and wellbeing.

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Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, including in the conflict-impacted regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. 

This includes supporting their access to education, providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits, and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent and medicines, or so they can invest in starting new businesses.

Our specialist teams are also provide children with access to safe, inclusive, quality education.

Together with schools and community centers, we work to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of their experiences of conflict and violence, and increase their resilience and ability to cope with stresses in their daily lives. 

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