"As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year," UNICEF said.
The increase - an additional 420,000 girls and boys - is due to the continued fighting and the steady deterioration of life in eastern Ukraine. In this zone, 19,000 children face constant danger from landmines and other unexploded ordinance and 12,000 children live in communities shelled at least once a month. Thousands of children are regularly forced to take refuge in improvised bomb shelters.
UNICEF calls on the warring sides to adhere to the Minsk agreements and respect international humanitarian law, including by ensuring unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.
The fund is appealing for $31.3 million to provide health and nutrition support, education, clean water, hygiene and sanitation as well as protection for children and families affected by the conflict. So far, approximately 10 percent of the appeal has been funded.