In two months of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression, 219 Ukrainian children died and 398 were wounded due to the conflict, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Office said in a Telegram post on April 29.
According to the message, these figures are far from final – more reports are coming from areas of ongoing fighting and from those under Russian occupation.
The latest casualties of war among Ukrainian children were given as follows:
On April 28, Russian artillery fire wounded a 10-year-old girl in Tsirkuny, near Kharkiv;
On April 28, five people – including a child – were wounded in Zaporizhzhia;
On April 11, a 9-year-old boy died in a Russian artillery strike on Kharkiv;
On April 21, a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast after sustaining injuries in a Russian attack on Mariupol.
On Feb. 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, advancing with nearly a 200,000-strong force from the north, east, and south. Residential areas in Ukrainian cities have been under fire from Russian air strikes and artillery barrages ever since.
Overwhelming evidence of Russian war crimes and crimes against humanity – including atrocities against civilians – started to emerge after Moscow’s troops retreated from northern Ukraine, following their defeat in the Battle for Kyiv.
On April 22, the Kremlin announced a “second phase” of the war, shifting its declared war goals towards capturing the entirety of Donbas and establishing a land connection to annexed Crimea.