"Signs of normality" returning for some children on frontline in Ukraine

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Mariya with with her two children Liliya and Alina. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-3166/Zmey

There are some "signs of normality" returning for children living on the frontline between Ukrainian government forces and separatist rebels, after an escalation in fighting over the past week.

That's according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, who said on Wednesday that 675 children were able to return to the classroom in the town of Avdiivka, where power and water supplies have been disrupted by shelling.

Around 17,000 Ukrainians overall living in the Donetsk region close to the Russian border have been forced to live in freezing conditions under the threat of bombardment.

Ludmilla Blagonravova asked Ms Barberis how many children had been caught up in the latest crisis.

Duration: 2'36"

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