Within days of Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the creation of a Ukrainian Foreign Legion, officially the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine, a new military formation in which foreigners could join the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fight against the Russian invasion. In this video find out about who is joining the new unit, where they are coming from and why certain nationalities are more represented than others.
In the past week, more than one million refugees have been forced to flee Ukraine seeking safety and protection. Hundreds of thousands of them are children. Amongst those fleeing, many are unaccompanied or have been separated from their parents or family members.
Children without parental care are at a heightened risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. When these children are moved across borders, the risks are multiplied. The risk of trafficking also soars in emergencies.
UNICEF and UNHCR urge all neighbouring and impacted countries to ensure the immediate identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated children fleeing from Ukraine, after allowing them access to their territory.