KIEV: A Ukrainian man with the help of rescuers pulled out the body of his two-year-old daughter from the rubble of their apartment destroyed in one of the latest Russian air strikes in a suburb of the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. authorities reported Sunday. Writing on Telegram shortly after Lisa’s body was recovered, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky He said that at least 500 Ukrainian children have been killed since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.
The United Nations says about 1,000 more Ukrainian children have been infected, and thousands more have been forcibly deported to Russia.
“Russian weapons and hatred continue to take and destroy the lives of Ukrainian children every day,” said Zelensky, who on Thursday marked Universal Children’s Day, adding that many of them could have become famous scientists, artists and sports heroes contributing to Ukraine’s history.
“We must stand firm and win this war,” he said. “All of Ukraine, all of our people, all of our children must be freed from Russian terror!”
Serhi said Lisa was killed when a Russian missile landed on Saturday night in a yard next to her apartment building while she was at home with her mother. Lysak, the regional governor of the city of Dnipropetrovsk. The girl’s father rushed home from work.
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Irina Vereshuk, said in a report on the rescue operation, which continued into early Sunday. The girl’s mother was hospitalized under intensive care.
Lessac said five children were among 22 injured in Saturday’s attack, which destroyed two apartment buildings.
The mother of one of the children sat among broken concrete, twisted metal, children’s toys and clothes near her apartment building and described what happened.
“I was running from the electric station through the traffic,” recalls Alyona Serdnyak. “I was running home. My baby was alone in the house. We tried to pull my baby out from under the cage by the window.”
She said they were able to get him released and he is now in the hospital in intensive care.
Like Zelensky, his wife Olena on Sunday focused on the suffering of children in the war, dedicating a memorial to them in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.
“Parents hold the hands of their children when they take their first steps, when they take them for the first time to kindergarten, to school,” said the First Lady of Ukraine. “The worst thing you can imagine is holding a dead child’s hand. It shouldn’t be like that. Children must live!”
On Sunday, Russian drone and cruise missile strikes targeted multiple regions of the country, including the capital, Kiev.
The Ukrainian Air Force said that air defenses shot down three of the five Shahed self-explosive drones and four of the six cruise missiles launched.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuriy Ikhnat, said that two missiles hit a military air base in Kropivnitsky in the Kirovohrad region of central Ukraine. No damage reported.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the military destroyed Ukrainian warplanes and ammunition depots in strikes on Ukrainian airports, but gave no other details.
The Russian military has reported attacks in recent days on Ukrainian air defense batteries, air bases, troop and ammunition depots, military production plants, command and control points, and other battlefield locations. The long-range strikes come as Ukraine is preparing or already launching a long-awaited counter-offensive in which it hopes to regain more ground.
Ukrainian forces kept up pressure on Russian forces in the eastern city of Bakhmut, which Moscow declared control last month after the war’s longest and bloodiest battle.
Elsewhere, Russians fighting alongside Ukrainian forces have announced that they have launched new attacks on the Russian region of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine. One of the groups, the Russian Volunteer Corps, released a video on Sunday showing the alleged raid. The Associated Press has not been able to independently verify the authenticity of the video.
The earlier attacks in Belgorod, which prompted the Russian authorities to evacuate thousands of residents, were seen by some observers as part of Ukraine’s efforts to distract Moscow and expand its forces to help the counterattack succeed.
Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported more Ukrainian shelling of the border town of Chebykino which started several fires and killed at least two people on Sunday.
In Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, regional leader Sergei Aksenov reported a Ukrainian drone attack on the city of Dzhankoy in the early hours of Sunday morning. He claimed that five of the attacking drones were shot down and four others were trapped and forced to land, adding that there were no casualties.
Recent Russian raids on Ukrainian cities have raised concerns about the safety of civilians after officials declared that nearly a quarter of the 4,800 air raid shelters they examined were closed or unfit for use.
In Kiev, 44% of 1,078 shelters have been found closed or unusable, Strategic Industries Minister Oleksandr Kamyshin said Sunday.
The official admissions came after news broke that a 33-year-old woman died in Kiev while waiting outside a closed shelter during a Russian missile strike on Thursday.
D.C. prosecutors said four people were arrested as part of a criminal investigation into the woman’s death while she and others waited to enter a closed shelter. The security guard, who allegedly failed to unlock the doors, remained in custody. Three others, including a local official, were placed under house arrest.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Saturday that city authorities received “more than 1,000” complaints about closed, dilapidated or inadequate air raid shelters within one day of launching the online feedback service.


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