Understanding the struggle for Ukraine's children, after nearly a year of war

The Telegraph's David Knowles is joined by top journalists from across The Telegraph newsroom to dissect the impact of President Putin's invasion of Ukraine
The Telegraph's David Knowles is joined by top journalists from across The Telegraph newsroom to dissect the impact of President Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Today, freelance journalist Gabriella Jozwiak told The Telegraph's Ukraine: The Latest podcast about the experience of children in Ukraine, one year on from the start of the full scale invasion.

The latest UN figures state that at least 438 children have been killed, and 842 children injured between 24 February last year and 29 January this year. That’s an average of almost four children being killed or injured per day. But these are just the verified figures, the true toll is likely to be far higher

Anya, 7, plays with her toys and paints pictures to spend time in the shelter where she lives with her family amid the war in Donetsk Oblast
Anya, 7, plays with her toys and paints pictures to spend time in the shelter where she lives with her family amid the war in Donetsk Oblast

Jozwiak made the point that the longer the invasion continues, the worse the impact on children

As time goes on and children continue to live in a state of feeling unsafe, their brains will develop differently – their mental health is desperately at risk. In fact Unicef estimates 1.5 million children are at risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues

 Photo by SERGEY KOZLOV/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock, Valery (R), volunteer and head of the Kharkiv Museum of Childhood, distributes gifts from Santa Claus to local children in Kharkiv, Ukraine
Photo by SERGEY KOZLOV/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock, Valery (R), volunteer and head of the Kharkiv Museum of Childhood, distributes gifts from Santa Claus to local children in Kharkiv, Ukraine

As well as hitting children's mental health - Russian aggression has also damaged infrastructure...

In November I told you that 2,768 education institutions had suffered bombing or shelling. That number has gone up significantly – yesterday the Ukrainian government’s official tally was 3,075. That’s more than 300 more schools or preschools hit in just under three months.

So you can imagine parents are reluctant to send their children to school.

Listen to the latest episode to hear more: February 7th 

War in Ukraine is reshaping our world. Every weekday the Telegraph's top journalists analyse the invasion from all angles - military, humanitarian, political, economic, historical - and tell you what you need to know to stay updated.

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It is 349 days since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Volunteers from Unity of People Organization care children at three points of invincibility as the Russia-Ukraine War continues in Bakhmut, Ukraine on January 28, 2023. (Photo by Marek M. Berezowski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Volunteers from Unity of People Organization care children at three points of invincibility as the Russia-Ukraine War continues in Bakhmut, Ukraine on January 28, 2023. (Photo by Marek M. Berezowski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Today, we bring you updates from the front lines as Russian reinforcements build-up in the Donbas amid Ukrainian warnings of an upcoming offensive.

Plus, we welcome back to the telegraph Gabriella Yuuzviak to update us on her work looking at the impact of the war on Ukrainian children.

Volunteers bring mattress beds to the local community Centre in Chasiv Yar
Volunteers bring mattress beds to the local community Centre in Chasiv Yar

Ukraine: The Latest's regular contributors are:

David Knowles

David Knowles is Head of Social Media at the Telegraph where he has worked for almost two years. Previously he was a social video editor at the World Economic Forum. He speaks French.

Dominic Nicholls

Dom is Associate Editor (Defence) at the Telegraph having joined in 2018. He previously served for 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

Francis Dearnley

Francis is Assistant Comment Editor at the Telegraph. Prior to working as a journalist, he was Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board at the Houses of Parliament in London. He studied History at Cambridge University and on the podcast explores how the past shines a light on the latest diplomatic, political, and strategic developments.

Venetia Rainey

Venetia Rainey is Assistant Foreign Editor at the Telegraph. She was previously Business Editor for Monocle magazine, and prior to that worked for a decade as a foreign correspondent living across Europe and the Middle East, including in Lebanon for four years. She produced the award-nominated Hong Kong Silenced podcast and hosted a show about women's rights in the Arab world.

They are also regularly joined by the Telegraph's foreign correspondents around the world, including Joe Barnes (Brussels), Sophia Yan (China), Nataliya Vasilyeva (Russia), Roland Oliphant (Senior Reporter) and Colin Freeman (Reporter).

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