A schoolgirl has been shot dead in Kyiv – bringing the number of children killed in Russia’s invasion to at least 16, according to Ukraine’s president.
olina, believed to be nine or ten years old, is in her final year of primary school. According to the Kyiv local government, she was killed along with her mother and father when Russian troops opened fire on their family car.
City deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko said her sister was in intensive care and her brother was being treated at a children’s hospital following the attack in the northwest of the capital.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that five days after the Russian invasion, at least 16 children were killed and 45 others injured.
Ukraine’s Health Ministry said on Sunday that at least 352 civilians had been killed. The exact death toll is unclear, and many more are believed to have died or been injured. Millions of people have had to leave their homes.
This morning, dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds more injured in Russian missile attacks on the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said.
On Friday, a seven-year-old girl was killed in an attack on a preschool. Alisa Hlans was among six people who died while sheltering in a kindergarten in the town of Okhtyrka, northeastern Ukraine.
Amnesty International said the Russian military used widely banned cluster munitions in the attack.
Amnesty general secretary Agnès Callamard said: “It is tightening. “This should be investigated as a war crime.”
In the southeastern city of Mariupol, doctors were filmed desperately trying to revive a 6-year-old girl injured in a Russian shelling.
She was taken to the hospital in her bloody unicorn pajamas. A paramedic who was pumping oxygen was looking directly into the video camera.
“Show Putin this,” he said. “The eyes of this child, and the doctors are crying.”
Their attempt to resuscitate the girl failed.
According to Amnesty, Russia has carried out indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, including attacks on hospitals.
The human rights group said Russia violated international humanitarian law and may have committed war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine that showed “a blatant disregard for civilian life”.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/schoolgirl-polina-shot-dead-by-russian-troops-among-at-least-16-children-killed-in-ukraine-invasion-41395376.html Schoolgirl Polina was shot dead by the Russian army among at least 16 children killed during the invasion of Ukraine