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580,000 Children "Deeply Affected" by Conflict in Ukraine: UNICEF
   2016-02-20 07:28:07    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

A child seen in the process of boarding the Russian Emergencies Ministry's special plane to carry South-East Ukrainian children to Moscow for further medical treatment on March 12, 2015. [Photo: CFP]

The United Nations Children's Fund warns that the conflict in Ukraine has "deeply affected" the lives of 580-thousand children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the front line in eastern Ukraine.

The organization said more than 200-thousand children are internally displaced from the conflict-affected areas. At least one out of every five schools has been damaged or destroyed.

Last year, more than 20 children were killed and over 40 injured. A polio outbreak was also confirmed in Ukraine 19 years after the country was declared polio free.

The UN agency has been working to provide children with basic services, including providing psychosocial support and training teachers and psychologists to identify signs of distress among children.

Earlier this year, UNICEF called for an additional round of some 54 million U.S. dollars to address the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in conflict-affected areas.

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