It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. In addition to burying their dead, adults, the country is involved in providing food for military and medical emergencies or for its injured population.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, estimates that, rather unrealistically, two-thirds of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children have been displaced from the cities where they have lived for more than two months. They are under the care of humanitarian organizations to find a family to replace refugees or war victims with their parents in a country like Poland.
This rather sad set of information was the subject of a BBC podcast, “Saving Ukraine’s Children”. The British public broadcaster, instead of looking for cases in all major cities, focused on Mariupol, the southeast of Ukrainian territory and one of the most martyred in the Russian bombings.
An evangelical priest, Gwenadi Mochkenko, has long been in the custody of children, including orphans or missing parents, in a group of art buildings that were surrounded by Russian troops without being bombed. “The food started to run out and then there was no drinking water. The children were crying with hunger and thirst. I also started crying because I couldn’t persuade the Russians to make arrangements.”
And it wasn’t a block, so to speak, smooth. The sound of aircraft engines that bombed the city and the explosions of buildings that collapsed served as a permanent threat. The pastor did not say so clearly, but the argument was that they were afraid the next target might be.
Humanitarian agencies set up convoys to evacuate children from areas constantly bombed by the Russians, but the ceasefire was not always respected for vehicular traffic. “International treaties do not work,” one humanitarian worker reported. When the minimum is expected, the attackers return using bombs or heavy artillery from tanks.
Again, there are no statistics on children killed or injured during ceasefire violations.
There are also platoons of Russian soldiers who stop buses full of children and force them out of vehicles to find resistant adults. Children cry, they face aggression they don’t understand.
A senior NGO worker approached staff and reported that his 27-year-old adopted daughter had been killed by a Russian missile that destroyed the building where he lived. She had a 3-year-old son whose whereabouts were unknown. The NGO had no information about the child.
The head of a daycare center for refugee children, Vasilina Dabsilo, told the BBC that children sing, draw and play outside lessons learned in school. But who, suddenly, became aggressive and began to ask about the position of their parents.
Sometimes orphanages take away teenage girls, and that’s when the most heinous crime is discovered. Russian soldiers kidnap young girls to use as objects of sexual pleasure. Russia has simply told the BBC that its men were not allowed to do so.
The same sexual violence has already been condemned in two Chechen wars, going back to an old story where the Russians were also in the spotlight on human rights.
For convenience, an activist reports that orphans held in temporary institutions have far fewer problems in areas militarily controlled by Ukraine. If the Russians are in control, the children are treated very rudely and disrespected without the slightest courtesy.
Another 6,000 people advanced that girls and boys lost fathers, mothers or both. The image will be the product of information exchange among the most active entities in this area.
The radio show finally breathed a sigh of relief. Ukrainian Olha and Andril, married for about four years, speak good English and are able to cross the border into Poland, where a humanitarian agency takes care of Olha and takes her to Canada. Andril was in Ukraine at the disposal of the army – but he has not yet been drafted.