The number of civilians killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is rising by the day. By Sunday, Ukraine’s human rights commissioner put the number of civilian victims alone at 210, including several children.
A seven-year-old girl died in an attack on a kindergarten, there have been fatalities in the capital Kyiv, and 10 members of Ukraine’s ethnic Greek community were killed when their villages came under fire in the south.
Alisa Hlans was one of six people who died when her kindergarten was hit on the second day of the Russian invasion on Friday in the small town of Okhtyrka, an hour’s drive from Ukraine’s north-east border.
Alisa was three months away from her eighth birthday. She was fatally wounded and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said she died in hospital on Saturday.
The prosecutor general posted this image on Facebook announcing Alisa Hlans’s death in hospital
Doctors were fighting to save the life of a second wounded child, she added in a message on social media, above a picture with the message “we need peace!”
Several other children have been killed in the Russian advance, including a girl called Polina, who was in the final year of primary school in Kyiv.
According to Kyiv’s local authority she and her parents were shot dead by a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group on a street in the north-west of the capital.
Polina was with her family when their car came under fire
Polina’s brother and sister were taken to hospital. Her sister was in intensive care and her brother was taken to a separate children’s hospital.
The majority of civilians have not yet been named but their stories are equally distressing.
A boy was killed when a block of flats was shelled in north-eastern Ukraine on the second day of Russia’s invasion. The blast started fires in several flats in Chuhuiv, a small town outside Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv.