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UNICEF sustains support for Ukrainian children as war persists

21.02.2024 19:00
Two years into the war in Ukraine, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) remains steadfast in providing assistance to Ukrainian children, both those enduring the conflict within their homeland and those displaced to Poland.
Octavian Bivol, UNICEFs deputy regional director for Europe and Central Asia.
Octavian Bivol, UNICEF's deputy regional director for Europe and Central Asia.Photo: Danuta Isler/Radio Poland

At least 523 children have been killed and 1,217 others injured in Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country in February 2022, according to data released by the Ukrainian prosecutor-general ahead of the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Poland's eastern neighbor.

Poland has welcomed the largest number of refugees from Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

Since war refugees began arriving in Poland, around 800,000 Ukrainian children have enrolled in Polish schools and childcare institutions, according to some estimates.

Octavian Bivol, UNICEF's deputy regional director for Europe and Central Asia, came to Poland this week to find out more about the intricacies of providing long-term support and to assist organizations with the necessary expertise.

He visited Wrocław in the southwest, the central city of Łódź, and the capital Warsaw, where he talked to both children and their mothers as well as Polish officials.

Octavian Bivol. Octavian Bivol. Photo: Danuta Isler/Radio Poland

He shared details of his mission in an interview with Radio Poland's Danuta Isler.

Click on the audio player above to listen.