According to the Ministry of Finance, the expenses of the Ukrainian state for a month of hostilities amount to approximately $10 billion, such figures were announced at a meeting held by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with the economic bloc of his Office and the Cabinet of Ministers.
“At the meeting, they discussed sources of financing expenses, in particular, their own tax revenues and assistance from Ukraine’s international partners. In the same context, they touched upon the prospects for switching to a simplified taxation system scheduled for April,” the press service of the head of state said.
The meeting participants also discussed the sowing campaign, including the provision of fuel to farmers. Ways were considered to diversify fuel imports and protect Ukraine’s energy infrastructure from bombing by the Russian army.
The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine says that more than 10,000 children from vulnerable categories have been evacuated from areas of active hostilities during martial law.
“As of today, due to active hostilities, as a result of a large-scale military invasion of Russia in Ukraine, some 10,224 children from vulnerable categories have been evacuated. Of these, some 6,548 children are orphans, children deprived of parental care and other children who are around the clock in institutional care institutions under the jurisdiction of the Health Ministry, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Social Policy,” the ministry’s press service said.
It is noted that another 3,676 evacuated children are children from vulnerable categories who are in family forms of education: foster families, family-type orphanages, in care, guardianship, in foster families.
According to the statement, some 4,425 children have been moved within Ukraine to safe areas, of which 3,640 are children who are in institutions of institutional care, and 785 children from vulnerable categories who are in family forms of education.
However, some 5,799 children have been relocated abroad, of which 2,908 are children in institutional care and 2,891 are children from vulnerable categories who are in family forms of upbringing.
Within Ukraine, more children have been moved to Zakarpattia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk regions. There are also children in Dnipropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Volyn regions.
As for evacuation abroad, most of the children from vulnerable categories were accepted by Poland, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain. There are also children in France, Austria, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Belgium, Latvia, Hungary and other countries.
“All evacuated children are safe, provided with housing, food, medical and educational services,” the ministry said.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a pause in hostilities in Ukraine to ensure the safe passage of civilians from Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy, as well as all other places covered by the conflict.
In Twitter on Sunday, he said that such a pause would also ensure the delivery of vital humanitarian supplies for those who remain.
According to the UN, civilian casualties from February 24, when Russia launched a war against Ukraine, to March 5 inclusive amounted to 1,123 civilians, including 364 dead, including 25 children.
“It is absolutely essential to establish a pause in the fighting in Ukraine to allow for the safe passage of civilians from Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy, as well as all other places caught in conflict, and to ensure life-saving humanitarian supplies can move in for those who remain,” the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
In addition, the war started by Russia has led to the fact that the number of refugees from Ukraine has exceeded 1.5 million people, the UN said on Sunday.