At least 500 Ukrainian children have died in Russia’s war, which is in its sixteenth month, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday.
Hours after rescue personnel discovered the remains of a 2-year-old child who had perished in one of the most recent Russian attacks, Zelenskyy gave the number.
In a statement, the president said that “Russian weapons and hatred, which continue to take and destroy the lives of Ukrainian children every day,” were to blame for the hundreds of deaths that had occurred since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022.
Many of them could have contributed to Ukraine’s history by becoming well-known artists, scholars, and athletes, he said.
Given the continuous battles and the Russian takeover of some places, Zelensky claimed it was hard to determine the precise number of children who had died.
“We must persevere and win this conflict!”, the president of Ukraine said.
“We must free all of Ukraine, our people, and our children from Russian brutality!” Early on Sunday, rescuers searching through the ruins of an apartment complex in the suburbs of Dnipro’s major city discovered the 2-year-old’s body.
Serhiy Lysak, the regional governor, reported that the attack on Saturday that damaged two residential structures also left 22 people injured, including five children.