Catherine Russell, Executive Director of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, alongside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urged countries taking in displaced Ukrainians to ensure these youngsters are immediately identified and registered. Hundreds of thousands of children are among the refugees, including many who are unaccompanied or who have been separated from their parents or family members. Evacuation of children in institutions in Ukraine must be done in line with instructions by national authorities, they added. While grateful for the solidarity and readiness shown by countries, the UN officials stressed that unaccompanied and separated children are particularly vulnerable. Meanwhile, nearly 100,000 children in Ukraine, half of them with disabilities, are living in institutional care and boarding schools.
Thousands of vulnerable children unaccounted for (BBC News)