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Nearly 550 children confirmed killed in Ukraine since start of Russian invasion

Residents of Odesa are bringing toys and flowers to the attacked building. On March 3, mourning was declared in Odesa Oblast. (Ukrainian World Congress/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office says 547 children have been confirmed killed and 1,348 wounded to various degrees of severity since the start of Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion.

A 4-year-old girl who died on May 23 after being seriously wounded by Russian shelling in Odesa on April 29 is the latest confirmed victim, the office said on Telegram.

On May 13, UNICEF, the UN children’s fund, said at least 1,993 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured since the start of the invasion.

UNICEF said the figure is of documented casualties, but the true number is likely much higher.