russians killed 38 Ukrainian children since start of aggression, 71 injured

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Thirty-eight children have been killed and 71 more have been injured since the beginning of the russian invasion of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said.

“As of 12:00 on March 6, 2022, since the beginning of the russian invasion, 38 children were killed in Ukraine and 71 children were injured. These data are not final, as it is currently impossible to establish accurate information on the number of killed and wounded residents of Mariupol, Donetsk region and the city of Irpin in Kyiv region,” the Ukrainian ombudsman said.

She noted that a one-and-a-half-year-old boy had died as a result of shelling by russian aggressors in Mariupol in the last 24 hours. Also, according to her, in Bucha in Kyiv region, two seriously injured children died due to inability to receive medical care.

“On the way out of the city of Irpin, Kyiv region, russian troops opened fire on civilians as they tried to evacuate from the city. At least three people were killed, including two children, and another one is in critical condition due to injuries,” Denisova said.

According to her, a boy, who was born in Kharkiv 40 days ago, died of pneumonia, which he contracted during a several-day stay in a bomb shelter in Kharkiv.

As a result of the enemy’s air attack on Bila Tserkva, missile strikes damaged 15 private homes with elderly people and children, and the number of victims is still unknown.

Denisova clarified that in the Hostomel-Bucha-Irpin area there are up to 70 children in shelters, there are wounded, but doctors and volunteers are not allowed to see children.

The ombudsman stressed that the russian Armed Forces continue to grossly violate the fundamental rights of children – the right to life and health, guaranteed to every child in the world by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“I call on international human rights organizations to take all possible measures to increase pressure on the russian Federation to end military aggression against Ukraine,” the Ukrainian ombudswoman said.

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