: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine’s grinding war stains innocence of childhood


Yelena Nikulenko, the director of the children’s home in the rebel-held town of Khartsyzk, says kids like Seryozha have been let down twice.

First orphaned or abandoned by their parents, they were then dumped by their new families when the Ukrainian government stopped paying benefits to foster families in separatist-controlled areas.

The conflict that erupted in Ukraine last year between government troops and Russian-backed separatists has claimed at least 6,000 lives and displaced nearly 1.8 million people.

In the government-held town of Popasna, 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of the children’s home, only a few people walk along deserted streets between apartments gutted …read more

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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