It has been a year since the start of the latest escalation in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The past year has been marked by continued violence, with both sides accusing each other of violating ceasefires and escalating the conflict.

The war has taken a severe toll on the people of Ukraine, with over 13,000 people losing their lives and millions being displaced. The situation is particularly dire for children, who are at risk of abuse, exploitation, and violence. The conflict has also caused severe damage to infrastructure and the economy, hindering development and progress in the country.

Despite the challenges, there have been some positive developments in the past year. Ukraine has made progress in implementing reforms aimed at improving governance, the economy, and human rights. The country has also received significant support from the international community in the form of humanitarian aid and diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict.

However, much work remains to be done to achieve lasting peace and stability in Ukraine. The conflicting parties must come to the negotiating table and commit to a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The international community must continue to support Ukraine, both in terms of providing humanitarian aid and diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict.

As we mark a year in the war in Ukraine, let us remember the human cost of the conflict and the importance of finding a peaceful solution. Let us stand with the people of Ukraine and work towards a brighter future for them and for all those affected by conflict around the world.