Empty strollers in Lviv square send stark message about children killed during the Ukraine invasion

By MiNDFOOD

(Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)
Rows of empty strollers placed outside the Lviv city council are highlighting the number of children killed in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

The symbolic protest, saw 109 strollers laid out the Lviv city centre on 18 March, representing the 109 children killed in the war so far. Since then, the number of child deaths has risen to 143, according to Al Jazeera, and 216 more children have been wounded.

Sharing images of the strollers, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said: “This is a terrible price of war that Ukraine is paying today. We call on all adults around the world to stand as one shield to protect Ukrainian children and give them future.”

Since the demonstration, Lviv has been subject to a number of Russian missile attacks and dozens of people have been killed.

The impact of the Ukraine war on children is devastating and widespread. Tens of thousands of children are still at risk of dying or being injured, and UNICEF has warned of traffickers targetting families fleeing the war.

“According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Russian forces have illegally removed 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to Russia. This is not assistance. It is kidnapping,” tweeted the US embassy in Kyiv.

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