As they buried children and other victims of a Russian missile attack on this central Ukrainian city on Sunday, friends and family wept next to the coffins as more people were killed elsewhere in fighting.
When two missiles hit an apartment building in Uman on Friday, nearly all 23 victims of the strike perished. According to Ihor Klymenko, the interior minister of Ukraine, six children were among the fatalities.
At his sister Sofia Shulha’s funeral on Sunday, Mykhayl Shulha, 6, wept and embraced family members next to the coffin while others paid their respects to a 17-year-old boy.
The priest at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God, “Quick to Hear,” waved an incense-filled vessel over the coffin as mourners held candles, crossed themselves, and chanted.
Father Fyodor Botsu replied, “I live close by. “I christened the youngest children in this church, knowing them since they were tiny.
Since I have children, am a citizen of this nation, and have lived in this city for 15 years, I am concerned for everyone.
He prayed “that the war should end and peace should come to our homes, city, and country.”
People in Uman brought flowers and pictures of the victims to the destroyed building.
More people died elsewhere on Sunday due to Russia’s 14-month war.
Four people were reportedly killed in a Ukrainian rocket attack, according to the governor of a region in Russia that borders Ukraine.
According to Alexander Bogomaz, the regional governor of Bryansk, the missiles struck residences in the village of Suzemka, nine kilometers (six miles) from the Ukrainian border.
He said two other locals had been hurt, and the defenses deflected some of the approaching rounds.
Throughout the war, sporadic cross-border shelling incidents have occurred in Bryansk and the nearby Belgorod region.
Two fatalities were recorded in March in what authorities claimed to be a Ukrainian saboteur infiltration in the Bryansk district.
Also on Sunday, the Ukrainian governor Oleksandr Prokudin claimed that 27 times in the previous 24 hours, Russian artillery fire struck his region of Kherson, killing one civilian.