Russia stole over 200,000 Ukrainian children, President Zelenskyy claims – World News

Almost 250 children have died in the fighting so far in his last night’s speech on Ukrainian Children’s Day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave the address last night
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave the address last night

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that Russia has kidnapped more than 200,000 children, torn families apart and taken them from orphanages.

In his final late-night address to mark Ukraine’s Children’s Day on June 1, the Kiev leader spoke about the impact the Russian invasion had on his country’s children.

He said 243 children had tragically died, 689 were injured and 139 were missing.

These numbers include only the children known to them.

He also spoke about Russia’s “criminal policy” of stealing and “forcibly deporting” Ukrainians across the border.

Zelenskyy called it one of Russia’s “most heinous war crimes” and said it affected orphans from orphanages, children with parents and children separated from their families.

Children struggling with cancer hold signs reading ‘Stop the war’ in the air raid shelter of an oncology center in Kyiv on February 28.


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The President also spoke of a number of heartbreaking examples of brutally killed children.

Fourteen-year-old Anya from Bucha, home of the infamous massacre, was killed along with her mother and grandmother when the minibus they were trying to escape in came under fire from Russian troops.

He also spoke about a young girl named Polina, who was not even two years old.

She lived in Boroyanka and had been at home when a Russian tank fired on her house, killing her instantly.

Children evacuated from Mariupol and nearby villages


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Arina, who would have been her fourth birthday this month, died in the Mykolayiv region after suffering fatal shrapnel wounds in an artillery attack.

He continued: “Like little Denys from the Zhytomyr region, from the village of Malynivka, who died with his whole family when a Russian plane dropped bombs on the village. Denys was less than two years old.

“Like Stepan from the village of Novi Petrivtsi, Kyiv region. He was less than three years old when a Russian shell hit the courtyard. The boy was fatally injured.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy


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“Svyatoslav from Odessa, he was 15 years old. He was killed by a Russian missile attack on a dormitory. It happened on May 2nd. His body was recovered from the rubble of the house.

“Alisa from Okhtyrka, Sumy region. 7 year old child. She died on the second day of a full-fledged war as a result of Russian artillery shelling. The occupiers simply shot at the houses.

“Mykyta from the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region. He was 3 years old. On the night of March 3, he was killed in a Russian air raid on the city. A total of nine people died that night.

“Two sisters – Varvara and Polina from Mariupol. Varvara was 14 years old, and Polina – 11 years old. They died as a result of the Russian shelling of a residential building.”

A member of Ukraine’s military gives instructions to women and children fleeing fighting in Bucha and Irpin before boarding an evacuation train from Irpin City to Kyiv


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The heartbreaking claims come as the war nears its 100th day of fighting. Since Russia invaded on February 24, tens of thousands have died on both sides of the war.

Russia is believed to have suffered the heavier casualties, with estimates putting the death toll at as many as 20,000.

Almost seven million people have fled Ukraine, more than half of them to Poland.

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