“As of the morning of May 21, 2023, more than 1,463 children were affected in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. According to the official information provided by juvenile prosecutors, 482 children were killed and more than 981 received injuries of various degrees of severity,” the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office wrote on Telegram.
It is noted that these figures are not final, as work is underway in the areas of active hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.
Most children were affected in Donetsk region - 460, Kharkiv region - 277, Kyiv region - 128, Kherson region - 102, Zaporizhzhia region – 91, Mykolaiv region - 89, Chernihiv region - 70, Dnipropetrovsk region – 70, and Luhansk region – 66.
On May 20, an 11-year-old boy was injured in Russia’s shelling of Toretsk, Donetsk region.
As reported by Ukrinform, the heads of state and government of 46 member countries of the Council of Europe adopted the Declaration on the situation of children in Ukraine, in which, in particular, they pledged to work for the immediate return of children taken to Russia and the punishment of those guilty of crimes against minors.