THE WASHINGTON POST: Two Ukrainian children killed ‘in front of my own eyes’ while trying to evacuate, official says

Two Ukrainian children killed ‘in front of my own eyes’ while trying to evacuate, official says
Russian forces fired mortar shells at a battered bridge used by people fleeing the fighting, killing at least eight people.

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Scottie

10 thoughts on “THE WASHINGTON POST: Two Ukrainian children killed ‘in front of my own eyes’ while trying to evacuate, official says

  1. Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but WP’s advertising attempts essentially only allowed me to read 3-4 lines of the article at a time.

    Surely there’s a better way, Scottie.

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    1. I wonder if other people have the same issue? I guess I could send them to myself and then post them that way. I am stumped why I can open and read them on my devices, yet others cannot. If my computers open the links with my security settings most people should be able but clearly, I am wrong. Here is the story.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/03/06/russian-forces-shelling-irpin/

      https://i.postimg.cc/wM8cCmqQ/Ukrainian-citizens.webp

      Russian forces fired mortar shells Sunday at a town on the outskirts of Kyiv, sending panicked residents running for their lives and killing at least eight people, including a family, according to a local government official.

      Irpin Mayor Alexandar Markushin said in a video Sunday that Russian troops shelled the town’s residents as they were preparing to evacuate by bus to nearby cities.

      “The shell hit, and in front of my own eyes died two small children and two adults,” he said. “I want to emphasize these were peaceful residents.”

      Photographs and videos from journalists on the ground showed harrowing images of several people — including two children — sprawled on the ground moments after the attack. A gray roller suitcase eerily stood next to the lifeless bodies.

      The images were widely shared on social media and prompted outrage and condemnation by Ukrainian authorities, who have accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of increasingly targeting residential neighborhoods across the country in recent days.

      “The whole family,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. “How many families have died like this in Ukraine! We won’t forgive.”

      A video verified by The Washington Post captured the moment of the shelling.

      A man wearing a yellow arm band, usually worn by Ukrainian forces, and carrying a gun over his shoulder stood across from a church and sidewalk crowded with people carrying suitcases. He took a few steps toward an intersection before an explosion ripped through the middle of the street.

      The camera operator ducked into a nearby building, emerging seconds later to a chaotic scene. The area was covered in smoke. Someone ran out of the building and dragged the man with the yellow armband out of the street. Soldiers sprinted across the intersection to help people collapsed on the ground and someone shouted, “Medic!”

      The New York Times reported Sunday that a woman, her teenage son, a daughter and a family friend were hit. Soldiers found the woman and children dead but the man still had a pulse. He later died, the newspaper reported.

      Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilians, but a growing number of Western officials are raising questions about possible war crimes. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the use of certain munitions on civilians already “fully qualifies” as a war crime. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday U.S. officials have seen “credible reports” of intentional Russian attacks on civilians and are documenting actions that would constitute a war crime.

      As of Saturday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had recorded 1,123 civilians killed or injured in Ukraine during the war. The 364 people killed include 25 children. At least 759 people have been hurt. The office said in a statement it believes the real figures are much higher, noting there have been unverified reports of hundreds of civilians killed or injured in the town of Volnovakha.

      More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have fled over the past 10 days, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, said Sunday. In a tweet, he said the mass exodus is “the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.”

      Right before the shelling, soldiers had been helping residents flee by assisting women and children onto buses offering rides to the western cities of Rivne and Lutsk, the Wall Street Journal reported. A video published by Reuters showed journalists and residents running for cover amid heavy shelling.

      The attack in Irpin comes as Ukrainian authorities accuse Russians of violating agreements to establish humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. On Sunday, Ukrainian officials said they were forced to halt evacuations from the southern city of Mariupol for the second day in a row after Russian resumed shelling the city.

      Aid workers said 200,000 people seeking to flee the violence were stuck as fighting raged on.

      “People are living in terror Mariupol, desperate for safety,” the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is helping facilitate the evacuation efforts, said in a statement. “They are not a target.”

      The ICRC said the failed evacuation attempts “underscore the absence of a detailed and functioning agreement between parties to the conflict.”

      Zelensky warned that more civilian lives were at risk as Russian troops prepared to attack the major port city of Odessa, a move that he said would amount to a “historical crime.”

      Markushin, the mayor of Irpin, said the city about 16 miles northwest of the capital has seen intense fighting in recent days.

      “Russian invaders have in fact taken a portion of the town,” he said, but “a part of Irpin continues to fight and doesn’t give up its position.”

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      1. Thanks, Scottie. Actually, I was able to read most of this on other news sources (🙂) but I appreciate your efforts.

        One thing that frustrates me … and maybe it’s because I really don’t know enough about the “standards” of war … but when I read but a growing number of Western officials are raising questions about possible war crimes , I can’t help but ask … Then why don’t you do something about it????

        I know. I know. There are “rules” that must be followed in these situations, but c’mon! Innocent people are dying!!

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        1. Hello Nan. The reason that the US cannot push too hard on war crimes is the same ones that Russia can be accused of the US also has been accused of. Our hands are dirty and we are complaining about someone else’s hands. It is sad, but the world needs another country to step up and push it. Russia and the US share a lot in common in the international rules we refuse to agree to. The US has never signed on to the world court. Neither has Russia. If we try to push too hard on Russia invading the Ukraine on false pretenses they reply with Iran. Russia targeted Journalist in Ukraine which is a crime, Chelsea manning leaked a video of a US helicopter shooting reporters and camera crews and then the responders that tried to help them. The list goes on. Does that answer your question?

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          1. OK. I know I have to accept the “rules of the game,” but that doesn’t make it any easier when you read about and watch what’s happening to the Ukrainian people!

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  2. It is so horrific—when I see the families boarding trains, leaving with almost nothing, I’m reminded of photos of WWII.
    I hope everyone who can is donating to the humanitarian efforts.
    I just called my Senators and sent a bunch of tweets urging the Biden administration not to delay in arranging that the planes from Poland fly to Ukraine. Zelensky said that’s his primary request since most agree a no-fly zone is a bad idea.

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    1. Hello Annie. Thank you. Sorry if I missed a post on this but I wanted to ask you what you thought of the idea of either Nato or a country in Nato doing a no-fly zone on their own? I don’t know if you seen the conversation between Randy, Nan, and myself, but I think we have to break the idea of being blackmailed over nuclear weapons or we will forever be extorted by countries that managed to get a nuclear weapon, like North Korea or Iran.

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      1. Scottie—
        I am so torn by this. I hear Zelensky’s pleas and I want us to do what he asks. Vindman makes a plausible case that the longer we wait, the more involved we’ll have to be. But Putin is a mad man who’s been humiliated. There’s no telling what he’ll do.
        I guess I’m hoping there’s some consensus in the West—very soon—about next step militarily.

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