Reporters from the German channel ZDF’s Frontal21 news magazine said they had spoken to several child soldiers at a cadet school near Luhansk. One of the children, 16-year-old Bogdan Kravchenko, told them that he had been fighting for two years and had killed Ukrainian soldiers.
“I only killed fascists, not people. There are no people among the fascists,” Kravchenko told the German reporters, according to a press release from ZDF.
The United Nations defines a person as a child soldier if they are below the age of 18 and have been recruited “by an armed force or armed group in any capacity.”
Other children that Frontal21 spoke to described the mental trauma they had suffered due to the war.