Russian troops have killed 231 children and injured at least 427 in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion started on February 24.
According to Ukrinform, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said this on Telegram.
"As of the morning of May 19, more than 658 children have been injured in Ukraine as a result of full-scale armed aggression by the Russian Federation. According to official figures from juvenile prosecutors, 231 children were killed and more than 427 were injured," the statement said.
The figures are not final as work is underway to establish casualties in areas of active hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.
Most children were affected in Donetsk region – 144, Kyiv region – 116, Kharkiv region – 100, Chernihiv region – 68, Kherson region – 48, Luhansk region – 47, Mykolaiv region – 44, Zaporizhzhia region – 28, Sumy region – 17, Kyiv city – 16, Zhytomyr region – 15.
On May 17, children aged 9, 12 and 17 were seriously injured by a missile attack on a residential building in Bakhmut, Donetsk region. On May 18, rescuers found the bodies of a woman and a two-year-old child under the rubble of the destroyed house.
Reports also emerged of the death of a 17-year-old girl in Polohy, Zaporizhzhia region, after Russian troops shelled civilian infrastructure.
On May 16, eight people, including a five-year-old girl, were injured in a mine explosion on a highway in the Mykolaiv region.
A total of 1,828 educational institutions have been damaged in bombing and shelling of Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages by the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Of them, 171 are completely destroyed.