At least 85 Ukrainian children have been killed by the Russians: Report

Fox News reports that 85 children have been killed, so far, during Russia’s illegal and deadly invasion of Ukraine. 

The information comes by way of Ukrainian officials. In addition to the 85 children killed, it is further reported that over 100 more have been injured. These numbers are said to be accurate as of March 13.

The United Nations Office of Human Rights, in its most recent update on March 12, had the child death tally at 42, including “6 girls, and 9 boys, as well as 27 children.”

The office goes on to state that it is likely that “the actual figures are considerably higher, especially in Government-controlled territory and especially in recent days, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration.”

Background

The United Nations Office of Human Rights reports that “most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and airstrikes.”

There have been countless reports, from the start of Russia’s invasion to the present, indicating that the Russian troops have been launching artillery so indiscriminately that they have managed to hit everything from schools to churches to hospitals.

Over the weekend, for example, there were reports that the Russians hit an Orthodox Christian monastery, located in the Donetsk region, that was sheltering a large number of Ukrainians, including hundreds of children.

In addition to the 85 children killed, the United Nations Office of Human Rights believes that at least 579 civilians have been killed and over 1,000 more injured.

More tragic figures

In addition to the children who have been killed and injured as a result of Russia’s invasion, there are many, many more who have been displaced.

According to the latest reports, around 2.6 million Ukrainians now have decided to leave their home country in order to seek shelter from the Russian onslaught in nearby countries.

Of these 2.6 million Ukrainian refugees, over 1 million are said to be children.

Pope Frances put out a statement on Saturday, saying, “Never war! Think first about the children, about those who are deprived of the hope for a dignified life: dead or wounded children, orphans, children who play with the remnants of war. In the name of God, stop!”

 

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