war in Ukraine plunges millions of children into poverty

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Two explosions were heard in kyiv on Monday morning. According to Unicef, the war in Ukraine, and the resulting inflation, have pushed millions more children into poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in recent months. Follow hour by hour the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.

  • 5:58 am: several explosions heard in kyiv

Several explosions were heard Monday morning in kyiv, exactly one week after Russian strikes on the capital were heard by AFP journalists.

Three explosions were heard in succession at around 6:35 a.m., 6:45 a.m. and 6:58 a.m. The airborne warning sirens had held back shortly before the first explosion.

  • 4 a.m.: Ramp-up of EU military support for Ukraine

The European Union is stepping up its military support for Ukraine with the launch on Monday of a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers on its territory and the granting of a new allocation of 500 million euros for the supply of weapons.

“This is a great first for the EU”, a comment from a European official. “We have never conducted a mission on this scale,” he said.

The foreign ministers of the 27 member countries will endorse these two decisions on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg and the mission will be immediately operational, a diplomatic source said.

  • 2:01 a.m .: War in Ukraine and inflation push millions of children into poverty, says Unicef

The war in Ukraine, and the resulting rise in the cost of living, has pushed millions more children into poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in recent months, warns a study by the United Nations Development Fund. Childhood (Unicef) published on Monday.

In these regions, “the war in Ukraine and rising inflation have pushed an additional four million children into poverty, an increase of 19% since 2021”, says this study, which underlines that children bear the most heavy burden of the economic crisis caused by the conflict.

While children represent 25% of the population, they account for nearly 40% of the 10.6 million additional people living in poverty this year, details this study covering 22 countries.

Notably, Russia, with 2.8 million additional children entering poverty, accounts for almost three quarters of the total increase measured by Unicef. Two factors explain this situation: Russia has a large population and Unicef ​​estimates that the country’s GDP will fall by 8%, the second largest drop among the countries included in the analysis.

With Reuters and AFP


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