The draft law No.6760 “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Social Protection of Children of War” concerning the preferential provision of children of internally displaced persons and children of persons who defended the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the areas of conducting an anti-terrorist operation and classifying them as children of war” was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on July 18 and submitted for review to the committees on July 20.
The draft law proposes to grant the status of children of war to the children of internally displaced persons and children of the military officers who took part in ATO.
“If earlier the definition of “children of war” in our state was clearly associated with the generation that was born on the eve of and during the Second World War, today it is completely different age category. It is noteworthy that today the children of war are no longer the older generation (i.e. formed), but the generation that is only passing through the stage of socialization, the stage of formation of inner “I” and future external, collective “we” … it is said in an explanatory note.
In addition, deputies propose to expand the list of benefits that will be given to the children of war. To already existing benefits, they want to add free pass, free meals in educational institutions, admission to higher educational institutions and vocational schools, free tickets to theaters and trips to sanatoriums.
The purpose of introducing these changes is the protection of children in light of annexation of Crimea and military operations in the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that 1 million children have been affected as a result of the military actions in Donbass. 22 thousand of them still live on the line of contact. According to official data, 68 children were killed, 186 were injured during the conflict.