27 March, 01:29 PM

Eleven-year-old girl from Mariupol survives being shot in face by Russian soldier

An 11-year-old girl from Ukraine's port city of Mariupol has miraculously survived after a Russian soldier shot her in the face, U.S.-based news channels CNN reported on March 25.

CNN correspondent Ivan Watson visited a children's ward where the girl was being treated.

A bullet went through the girl’s jaw and injured the base of her tongue.

Her mother says that the girl cannot speak loudly since her vocal cords were damaged due by the bullet.

The girl came under fire on March 16 when her family tried to leave besieged Mariupol. They were driving in a car of people who were helping with the evacuation, but they stumbled upon Russian invaders at a checkpoint near the village of Vasylivka.

The Russians opened fire on the car without warning, after which they stopped the car, forced everyone to get out and began to threaten them. One of the soldiers then shot the girl in the face.

After that, the invaders allowed the mother to take her daughter to a hospital in Zaporizhzhya Oblast.

The girl will have to go through a long period of recovery. But for now she can barely walk.

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