New York: The United Nations children’s welfare agency UNICEF has said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting economic crisis have pushed more than 4 million children into poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
According to a foreign news agency, UNICEF has said in a report based on the statistics of 22 owners that children are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
Conflict and rising inflation have pushed another 4 million children into poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF says. Compared to 2021, this number has increased by 19 percent.
According to the report, after the attack on the neighboring country in February, Russian and Ukrainian children have been the most affected. More children have been affected as a result of the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis in the region. Russia is responsible for three quarters of this number. In addition, 2.8 million children are living in households that are living below the poverty line.
UNICEF adds that an additional half a million children are living in poverty in Ukraine. Romania is also close to these figures, with another 100,000 children living in poverty.
UNICEF explained that the poorer a family is, the more likely it is that their income will be spent on food and other expenses, the report said.