The number of children living in poverty in eastern Ukraine has exceeded over 50% due to the armed conflict and the coronavirus pandemic.
The representative of UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) in Ukraine Lotta Sylwander said this at the conference entitled "COVID-19 Pandemic in the Context of Humanitarian Crisis: Situation in Eastern Ukraine," as Ukrinform reported on Friday.
"According to our data, the percentage of children living in poverty has increased from about 36% to over 50%," the UNICEF representative said.
She explained that poverty is caused by the results of the military conflict including; lack of work, the inadequacy of transport and roads, and the destruction of infrastructure facilities.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an additional economic burden for vulnerable populations.
Also, Sylwander noted that the Fund had recorded an increase in the number of children living in poverty compared to adults.
"Families with multiple children or one child are more likely to be in need, especially in a situation related to COVID-19," Sylwander emphasised.
Earlier in June 2020 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a meeting with UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Lotta Sylwander emphasised the importance of developing new cooperation programs with the Fund that protect the safety and rights of children.
Also, on February 3, Prosecutor General's Office reportedthat Russian occupation forces involved more than 100 children, living in the uncontrolled territories of Eastern Ukraine, in illegal activities since 2017.