More than 240 children injured or killed in Ukraine

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More than 240 children have been injured or killed since the start of the conflict in Ukraine according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

The east of the country has been plagued by fighting which broke out between pro-Russian rebels and government forces last year.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 180 injured since March last year as a result of conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said on Friday.

While no children were reportedly killed in the latest escalation of fighting near the town of Mariinka, west of Donetsk, there are anecdotal reports of injuries caused by heavy weapons fire.

UNICEF expects the actual number of child casualties to be considerably higher than reported as many areas remain inaccessible due to conflict.

Here's Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac.

"We are very worried that intensified fighting will lead to an increased number of child casualties and a worsening of the humanitarian crisis in the east."

UNICEF is appealing for almost US$ 56 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in Ukraine.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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