The full-scale invasion of the troops of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, which started at 5 a.m. on 24 February 2022, left not one city untouched by the consequences of armed aggression. But the most vulnerable group was 7,5 million Ukrainian children.
Every day more and more children in Ukraine are horrified by this war: they are killed, maimed, have no access to humanitarian relief, become internally displaced persons and refugees in other countries, come under fire, become hostages of the Russian military and victims of abduction, are deeply traumatized by violence, including sexual.
This review collects and analyzes information on major violations committed against children in situations of armed conflict (grave violations against children) during the period from 24 February 24 to 3 June 2022.
In gathering information, the authors were guided by UN Security Council Resolutions 12611 (1999), 18822 (2009), 19983 (2011) and 22254 (2015), which collectively identified six grave violations against children during armed conflict. These violations are the subject of the annual report of the UN Secretary-General titled “Children and Armed Conflict” and the annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Namely:
- Recruitment or use of children as soldiers;
- Killing and maiming of children;
- Sexual violence against children;
- Abduction of children;
- Attacks against schools or hospitals;
- Denial of humanitarian access for children.
The methodology of the analytical review is based on the collection, analysis and recording of the publicly available digital information and media materials, as well as on the analysis of statistics and data from official state sources of the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Reintegration of the Occupied Territories of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, and regional military administrations.
The analytical review "One Hundred Days of Destroyed Childhood" was prepared within the framework of the project "Urgent EU Support for Civil Society", implemented by ISAR Ednannia with the financial support of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the CCE "Almenda" and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.