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LIVE UPDATE Russia – Ukraine, day 99: Zelensky presents the tragic balance sheet since the beginning of the invasion

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UPDATE, 2 p.m.15: Four Russian cruise missiles fired from the Black Sea hit the railway infrastructure outside the city of Lviv, regional governor Maksim Kozitski was quoted as saying by dpa and The Kyiv Independent.

The rocket attack, which took place during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, hit the areas of Strishk and Sambir, southwest of Lviv, not far from the border with Poland, Koziţki said on his Telegram account, adding that five people they were injured.

As a result of the attack, railway installations were severely damaged, causing many trains to be delayed. Specialists in the Lviv railway are currently trying to remedy the situation, Koziţki was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian news agency Unn.ua.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, stated that in the 98 days of the Russian invasion, 689 children were injured in the attacks, and 243 of them died.

Another 139 children are reported missing.

Zelenski called ten of the children killed in the war, saying they were not numbers, but separate worlds that the Russian military had destroyed.


The Ukrainian president said more than 200,000 Ukrainian children had been deported by Russians to date, accusing them of being one of the most heinous war crimes.

“The imminence of punishment is a principle that Ukraine will hand over to Russia. But first of all, we have to show them on the battlefield that Ukraine will not be conquered, that our people will not surrender and that our children will not become the property of the occupiers, “Zelenski said.

“Every year, on June 1, we celebrate Children’s Day. A special day when adults pay special attention to the rights of children, the safety and development of our children. But since February 24, everything has changed in our country. And every day is now, in fact, a day of protection for us. Protection for all our people, children, our future. Protecting a free country where every child can, when he or she grows up, live the life he or she wants. Without coercion and oppression. Everyone sees what Russia is bringing to Ukraine and what it wants to bring to other European countries. Total contempt for individuals, for entire nations. The Russian state despises its own citizens so much that they do not understand the value of human life at all. Russian soldiers kill and kill themselves as if they were not human beings, just dust. Dust under the feet of Russian masters. The principles of our life are completely different. And although life has changed with the outbreak of war, our principles remain the same. Every person counts. This is the main thing that sets us apart from the occupants, “Zelenski said in a message sent to Wednesday night.

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He said that during the 98 days of the Russian invasion, 689 children were injured in the attacks by the occupiers, the only ones known, as not all the information in the occupied territories is available.

“But as far as we know, 446 children were injured and 243 died. 139 are reported missing. It is said that human consciousness does not perceive large numbers. The higher the number, the harder it is for a person to realize what is behind him. Destroyed families. Little personalities who didn’t even have time to see what life was like. Like little Denis in the Zhitomir region of Malinovka village, who died with his whole family when a Russian plane dropped bombs on the village. Denis was less than two years old. Like Stepan from Novi Petrivti village, Kyiv region. He was less than three years old when a Russian projectile hit the yard. The child was mortally wounded. Anya from Bucea, Kyiv region, was 14 years old. She was killed when the Russian army shot down a minibus on the road. People were just trying to escape. Anya was in that car with her mother and grandmother. They all died. Polina, who had not turned two. A Russian tank fired on a house in Borodeanka. An ordinary house. Direct shot. Polina is dead. Arina, from the Mikolaiv region. On March 5, she was wounded by shrapnel following an artillery bombardment, the occupants hit the residential area. She died at the hospital. Now, in June, Arina is 4 years old. Sveatoslav of Odessa was 15 years old. He was killed by a Russian rocket in a dormitory room. It happened on May 2nd. His body was recovered from the ruins of the building. Alisa from Ohtîrka, Sumi region. A 7-year-old child. She died on the second day of the large-scale war as a result of a Russian artillery bombardment. The occupants simply fired at the houses. Mikita in the city of Izium, Kharkov region. He was 3 years old. On the night of March 3, he was killed in a Russian airstrike 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 was 11. They died as a result of Russian bombings on a block of flats. I only named ten children from the list of 243. And it’s not just numbers. Each row is a distinct world that has been destroyed by the Russian army, “Zelenski said.

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He added that on the list of the 243 children killed are some about whom nothing is known, not even their names.

“About 12 million of our citizens have been forced to flee their homes because of the war. More than 5 million went abroad. And most of them are women and children. We will do everything we can to get them back home in Ukraine. Russia is also pursuing a criminal policy of deporting our people. Forced deportation of both adults and children. This is one of Russia’s most heinous war crimes. In all, more than 200,000 Ukrainian children have been deported so far. They are orphans in orphanages. Children with parents. Children separated from their families. The Russian state is scattering these people on its territory, settling our citizens, especially in remote regions. The purpose of this criminal policy is not only to steal people, but to make the deportees forget about Ukraine and not be able to return, “the Ukrainian president continued.

He said a solution must also be found to this challenge and to ensuring that those who killed, tortured and deported Ukrainians will be held accountable for their actions.

“The imminence of punishment is a principle that Ukraine will hand over to Russia. But first of all, we have to show them on the battlefield that Ukraine will not be conquered, that our people will not surrender and that our children will not become the property of the occupiers, “Zelenski said.

He mentioned that he offered new distinctions, for 380 fighters, so that in total the number amounts to 17,086.

“Thanks to all those who defend our state, our people, our children, we can be sure that Ukraine has everything and has a future,” Zelenski concluded.

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