Children's lives in Ukraine have been turned upside down as a large number of them have been displaced and have been forced to start afresh in new surroundings, sometimes even in foreign locations. Those who have remained also suffer as everything including their education, careers, and everyday survival is uncertain amid the Russian invasion of the country. The UNICEF in June said that two children have been killed every day in the war and two in every third children have been displayed.
Anastasiia Aleksandrova, 12, right, sits with her grandmother, Olena, at their home in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.
A necklace, half of a broken heart engraved with the word "Love," is worn by Anastasiia Aleksandrova, 12, at her home in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Her best friend, Yeva, used to live on her street, but has evacuated with her family to western Ukraine. She misses her but they still share a special connection. Yeva, she said, wears the other half of the silver pendant. "I never take it off, and Yeva doesn't either," she said.
A wooden statue of children holding hands stands in an empty park in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. According to Ukraine's prosecutor general, 361 children have been killed in Ukraine since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion and 711 have been injured.
The bike belonging to Anastasiia Aleksandrova, 12, sits untouched as she pets her dog outside the home she shares with her grandparents in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. With no one her age left in her neighborhood and school classes taking place only online since Russia's invasion in February, games and social media on her smartphone have taken the place of the walks and bike rides she once enjoyed with the friends who have since fled to safety.
A child waits for his mother outside one of the few shops still open in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Of the roughly 275,000 children aged 17 or younger in the Donetsk region before Russia's invasion, around 40,000 remain, the province's regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told The Associated Press in an interview.
Rodion Kucherian, 14, takes a break from scooting in an empty skate park to look at his phone in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Kucherian said that before the war, he and at least ten of his friends would be doing tricks in the bustling park alongside many other kids from nearby. But now his only connection to all of his friends, who have fled to countries like Poland and Germany, is on social media.
Anastasiia Aleksandrova, 12, plays in the water while swimming with her grandfather, Andreii, rear, at a lake in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.
Youth gather to play cards at a coffee shop before curfew in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Pokrovsk, a town that's relative distance from the front line, allows for more socializing among young people as those in front line towns face boredom and isolation since most of their peers have fled.
Anastasiia Aleksandrova, 12, looks at her phone in her bedroom in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Anastasiia's retreat into digital technology to cope with the isolation and stress of the war that rages on the front line only 7 miles (12 kilometers) away is an increasingly common phenomenon among young people in Ukraine's embattled Donetsk region.