Why is there a war in Ukraine?
Ukraine and Russia have a long and complex history. Way back in the 1700s, the land that we now know as Ukraine was once part of the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union (which Russia controlled).
In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union, but many people in Russia believed Ukraine should still be part of their country. Since 2014 there have been bad feelings between Ukraine and Russia, which escalated into war in February 2022 with Russian troops entering Ukraine in an attempt to take back control.
"In times of war, it is everyone’s duty to help those in need."
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5 things you should know about the impact of war on Ukraine’s children and young people.
Since the war in Ukraine escalated in February 2022, the lives of children and their families have been thrown into chaos.
Since February 2022, over 8 million people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine.
4.1 million children are in need of help in Ukraine. That's more than half the country's children.
The war has impacted all aspects of children's lives, including their health, education and safety.
Thousands of schools have been damaged or destroyed. Disrupting education for millions of children.
Around 1.5 million children are at risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
What can you do to help?
Gather your family, friends and school and fundraise for children in Ukraine.
Host a lunch, dinner, morning tea or bake sale and help raise money to support children and their families in Ukraine.