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UNITED NATIONS, February 17. /TASS/. The number of Ukrainian children needing urgent humanitarian assistance has nearly doubled in the past year to reach one million, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.
According to UNICEF, about 420,000 children more found themselves in urgent need of humanitarian assistance over the past year "due to the continued fighting and the steady deterioration of life in eastern Ukraine, where some 1.7 million people have been internally displaced, and many families have lost their incomes, social benefits and access to healthcare, while the price of living has sharply risen."
More than 740 schools, or each fifth school in eastern Ukraine, have been destroyed or damaged. "Teachers, psychologists and parents report signs of severe psychosocial distress among children including nightmares, aggression, social withdrawal and panic triggered by loud noises," said UNICEF.
UNICEF once again called on all parties to the conflict to observe the ceasefire and show respect to international humanitarian law, in particular to ensure unrestricted humanitarian access.