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This article in German.

99 days of war in Ukraine.

They were killed, wounded or forced to flee. They lost their parents, their home, their childhood. And they are afraid.

The war brought monstrous suffering to the Ukrainians. But the children suffer the most.

On February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine. After 99 days since the beginning of the war, the United Nations sums up:

▶︎ 262 children died

▶︎ 415 children injured

▶︎ 2.2 million minors fled abroad

▶︎3 million children are internal refugees and need humanitarian assistance

▶︎ 2/3 of Ukrainian children and teenagers were forced to leave their homes due to hostilities

▶︎ 139 children are missing. “And those are just the ones we know about,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address Wednesday evening.

In addition, hundreds of schools and kindergartens were affected throughout the country.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy also recalled that more than 200,000 children were taken from Ukraine to Russia. It was about deportation and a “heinous war crime.”

Almost 1.6 million people have been deported to Russia from Moscow-controlled Ukrainian territories since February, according to Russian military sources. Among them are 260,000 children.

“We are approaching the 100th day of a war that has devastated the lives of millions of children,” said Katherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF.

“Without an immediate ceasefire and declaration of peace, children will continue to suffer.”

As of the last week of May, there are currently 123,000 Ukrainian students studying in German schools. This is 9700 more than was registered in the middle of last month.