176 children have died since the Russian invasion, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office
A total of 176 children have died and more than 324 have been injured as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said in a statement on Saturday.
This figure is unlikely to be the total number, as investigators were scrambling to verify deaths in areas that had recently been liberated from Russian troops and in areas where fighting continued, according to the statement posted on his channel. Telegram.
He added that the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine suffered the highest number of child casualties with 102, while 91 children were killed in the capital Kyiv, the statement said. He added that children also died in eight other cities, including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mykolaiv.
Russia has repeatedly denied it was targeting civilians, and NBC News was unable to independently verify the numbers.
10 humanitarian corridors will open on Saturday, says Ukrainian Deputy PM
Ten humanitarian corridors will open on Saturday in the south and east of the country, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced on Saturday.
Corridors in the Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Lugansk region include escape routes leading to the cities of Melitopol and Mariupol, Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on her official Telegram channel.
His comments came as Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, said more people needed to evacuate as shelling had increased in recent days and more Russian forces had arrived in the area. region.
Gaidai told state television that about 30 percent of residents are still in towns and villages across the region and have been told to evacuate.
He added that Russia was “gathering forces for an offensive and we see that the number of bombings has increased”.
Pentagon’s Kirby: Russia carried out a strike on a train station with a ballistic missile
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby called the deadly attack on a Ukrainian train station “Russian brutality.”
He rejected Russian claims that he was not behind the attack on Kramatorsk, a town in the Donetsk region. Friday’s strike came as thousands of Ukrainians tried to flee the area.
“We find the Russian claims that they were not involved unconvincing – particularly when the ministry actually announced it, and then when they saw reports of civilian casualties, they decided not to. announce,” Kirby said during a Friday briefing.
He said the United States assessed that Russian forces used a short-range ballistic missile to carry out the strike.
“This is, again, in one piece with Russian brutality in the pursuit of this war, and their recklessness,” Kirby said.
Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilians in Ukraine. But hospitals and other structures have been attacked. The World Health Organization said it verified more than 100 attacks on health care. Images of plainclothes corpses in the town of Bucha, Kyiv region, and accounts of survivors and witnesses of executions by Russian forces, added to accusations that Russian forces committed war crimes.
UK pledges $130m in additional military aid to Ukraine
LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged an additional $130 million in high-quality military equipment to Ukraine, saying Britain wanted to help Ukraine defend itself.
Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, Johnson said he would give Ukraine’s military more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, another 800 anti-tank missiles and precision munitions capable of lingering in the sky until they are aimed at their target.
He also promised more helmets, night vision and body armor. The items were in addition to some 200,000 pieces of UK non-lethal military equipment that had already been pledged.
The promise of new weapons came as Johnson condemned the attack on the train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday. Women and children gathered on a train platform perished in the explosion.
Johnson said the UK and Germany shared “revulsion at the unbridled brutality, including the unconscionable shelling of refugees fleeing their homes”, adding that the train station attack “shows the depths to which the Putin’s vaunted army has sunk”.
EU returns ambassador to Kyiv after Russian withdrawal
The European Union has sent its ambassador back to the Ukrainian capital of kyiv, in a move that the international body’s foreign affairs chief hopes will be followed by other countries.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, made the announcement during a visit to kyiv during which he also announced his intention to allocate 500 million euros in additional military aid.
“Our delegation is coming back, the EU is coming back to Kyiv, and I’m sure other member state delegations and embassies will follow,” Borrell said on Friday.
The EU delegation left Kyiv shortly after Russia attacked and invaded Ukraine on February 24, and since then has been in Poland.
Russian forces moved in and attacked kyiv and its suburbs, but faced resistance and setbacks before last month began withdrawing some troops. A senior US defense official said on Wednesday that Russian forces near kyiv had completed their withdrawal – but would likely be refitted and resupplied. Officials said they could be used in other parts of Ukraine.
Ukraine has applied to become a member of the EU