Lviv (Ukraine). The ear-piercing bomb exploded and a black cloud of smoke rose into the sky. Two children are blinking their eyes and trying to understand something in the thick smoke.
Nine-year-old Olha Hinkina and her ten-year-old brother Andrei start calling out loudly for their father, unable to understand anything. But there is no sound in the silence that followed the plume of smoke as their father died in the explosion. have gone
Hundreds of innocent lives have not remained untouched by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Don’t know how many houses were destroyed in the Russian attacks and one such explosion took away the shadow of their father from these two children in the eastern Donetsk area of Ukraine. When these siblings reached the verandah in search of their father, they found their father He was found soaked in blood and there was no movement in his body.
“My father died at seven in the morning,” Andrei said. At present, both siblings are in the safe western city of Lviv near the border with Poland. Lakhs of people have become homeless and hundreds of children have been orphaned due to continuous attacks and bombings by Russia. The siblings now join a growing number of children in Ukraine whose lives have been affected by the war. Hundreds of children have been killed in the ongoing war between the two countries, and those who have survived are deeply traumatized. The devastation of the war has left its mark on his mind and he will definitely have to live with this trauma for the rest of his life.
“Just because the children have moved to safer areas doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten everything that happened,” said psychologist Oleksandra Volkhova, who works with child survivors of violence. At least 483 children have lost their lives and nearly 1,000 have been injured in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to data from Ukraine’s general prosecutor’s office. Suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, and the effects are likely to be long-lasting. Ukraine’s National Social Service reported that some 1,500 children have been orphaned.
Donetsk, the epicenter of the war, has suffered the highest number of child casualties. According to officials, 462 children have died or been injured in Donetsk. However, the figure does not include casualties from Russian-held Mariupol, which is part of Donetsk, as it is difficult for Ukrainian authorities to trace the dead and wounded in that area.
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