David Beckham, the English football legend and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was keen to celebrate International Women’s Day, and at the same time denounced the Russian-Ukrainian war and its consequences for women.

David Beckham posted on his Instagram account, a short video to celebrate International Women’s Day, and commented on it: “Mothers have been forced to flee with their children, families have been torn apart, children taken from their families to become refugees overnight, as the conflict in Ukraine enters its second week, the needs of families escalate 7.5 million children are now at risk.

“Today, on International Women’s Day, UNICEF is preparing an emergency appeal to help provide immediate assistance to support children’s well-being, including medical supplies and safe spaces for families,” he added.

For its part, the American newspaper, The New York Times, said that there are growing fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, which has left tens of thousands without food, water, electricity or heat in the besieged cities of the south and elsewhere.

The newspaper pointed out that the Russian invasion, the largest conflict in Europe since World War II, has turned at least 1.7 million Ukrainians, half of them children, into refugees, according to the United Nations, many of them trapped in their cities.

In the city of Mariupol, a port southeast of Moscow, residents have been living for days without food, water or other necessities. In the city of Mykolaiv, residents fled their homes in search of safety after intense Russian bombing of a military barracks. 

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