There have been numerous reports of this occurring, either as hostages to make sure civilians don't share Russian troop movements to the Ukrainian army or to ensure that Ukrainian forces don't fire on Russian equipment columns.
Incidents of this occurring have been reported throughout the country, though the GUR specifies cases in the Sumy, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia and Kyiv oblasts.
But there have been many other reports as well.
In early March, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was accused by the Ukrainian military of using civilian vessels as human shields.
On other occasions, reports emerged that Russian forces would set up military equipment in civilian areas, using their homes as de facto human shields.
Also in March, Ukraine and Russia accused each other of using human shields.
At the time, Russia claimed Ukraine was using foreigners and civilians as human shields by allegedly preventing them from evacuating.
Ukraine further accused Russia of using civilians as human shields by using evacuating civilians to stop Ukrainians from shooting and by setting up their troops and equipment in residential areas.
The alleged use of human shields is one of the many war crimes Ukraine has accused Russia of committing throughout the ongoing war.
Claims of alleged war crimes against Ukraine can be submitted to a special website set up by the Ukrainian government in March.
The deaths of children in Ukraine during the war is something that has been widely reported on by Ukraine and independent sources, such as the United Nations.
As of Monday, 205 children have been killed and 362 injured since the invasion began, Interfax reported, citing the Prosecutor General's Office.
Michael Starr and Reuters contributed to this report.