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Andy Murray donating year's prize money to Ukraine humanitarian mission

More than two million people have fled Ukraine, the vast majority being women and children, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

Andy Murray donating year’s prize money to UNICEF’s Ukraine humanitarian mission SNS Group

Andy Murray has announced he is donating his earnings to help children affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The tennis star said it was vital for displaced children to continue to have access to education.

More than two million people have fled Ukraine, the vast majority being women and children, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

Russia’s invasion has seen families torn apart as men aged 18 to 60 have been banned from leaving the country under martial law.

Women have been left to flee alone, often responsible for young children, walking for hours to cross borders in the hope of finding safety.

Women have been giving birth in underground metro stations as health facilities have become inaccessible or too damaged to function.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said around 80,000 women will give birth within the next three months in the country.

In a social media post, Murray wrote: “Over 7.5m children are at risk with the escalating conflict in Ukraine, so I’m working with [UNICEF UK] to help provide urgent medical supplies and early childhood development kits.

“It’s vital education continues, so [UNICEF] is working to enable access to learning for displaced children, as well as supporting the rehabilitation of damaged schools, together with replacement equipment and furniture.

“I’m going to be donating my earnings from my prize money for the rest of the year, but anyone in the UK can support UNICEF’s humanitarian response by donating to our appeal…

“Children in Ukraine need peace – now.”