Kira Obidensky was injured in an explosion while trying to flee Mariupol after the death of her father, but is among thousands of Ukrainian children who were taken to Russia against their will
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A Ukrainian girl injured trying to escape besieged Mariupol in a land mine explosion is set to be taken to an orphanage in Russia.
Kira Obedinsky, 12, lost her mother when she was a baby and her father Yevhen was killed when enemy troops fought their way into the city in March.
Shortly thereafter, the young woman and her father’s partner, Anya, attempted to flee the city, where 21,000 civilians were being killed by relentless Russian shelling.
Before they could get to safety, Kira was injured in a landmine explosion and taken to a hospital in Donetsk controlled by Ukrainian separatists.
Now her grandfather Oleksander fears that he will never see her again.
The Guardian reported that he said: “She was lying in a hospital bed, she had shrapnel wounds around her ear and face and her legs, but she seemed fine.
“I was so relieved. But she told me she’s in Donetsk and it seems like she’s on her own. She told me that they are taking her to a Russian city.”
An official had said the grandfather could come and pick her up from the hospital, which was impossible due to the invasion.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier told CNN that Kremlin soldiers are forcing people to flee Mariupol to Russia.
He said: “Several thousand, tens of thousands were forced to evacuate towards the Russian Federation and we don’t know where they are, they didn’t leave any document trail.
“And among them are several thousand children, we want to know what happened to them.
“Whether they are in good health. Unfortunately, there is simply no information on this.”
Unicef says more than half of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children are now forced to flee the ongoing violence in the country.
Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman says more than 121,000 children have been “deported” by the Russian government.
Lyudmila Denisova said in a statement on Facebook: “I appeal to the UN Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations During the Russian Military Invasion in Ukraine and to the Expert Mission established by the OSCE participating States within the framework of the Moscow Mechanism to attribute these violations to the Ukrainian language consider children’s rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.”
Due to its coastal location, Mariupol has been a target of the Russian government since war broke out in February.
The city has been without food, heating and electricity for weeks, more than 100,000 people still call it home and find themselves in a desperate situation.
Despite overwhelming odds, Ukrainian soldiers, still struggling to survive, resisted
Russian ultimatum to lay down arms in the pulverized port on Sunday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said troops in Mariupol were fighting despite a Russian demand to surrender by dawn.
Russia said on Saturday it was in control of urban parts of the city, with some Ukrainian militants remaining at the Azovstal Steel Works overlooking the Sea of Azov.
It added that Ukraine had lost more than 4,000 soldiers in Mariupol as of Saturday.
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