The Russian war against Ukraine caused the death of 489 children and young people and 1,206 were injured, announced this Sunday, the Ukrainian Attorney General’s Office, on the day that the country celebrates Father’s Day.
The most recent cases occurred on Saturday, when a 15-year-old boy and his father were killed by a Russian missile that hit the car they were traveling in in the Kherson region, according to authorities.
In the same region, a 17-year-old boy was injured as a result of a Russian bombing against the village of Kozatsk, reported the Ukrainian news agency UKrinform.
A shelling “by the troops of the aggressor state” injured a 9-year-old girl in Kostyantynivka, in the Donetsk region, also on Saturday, the same agency added.
“According to official information from prosecutors for minors, 489 children were killed and 1,026 were injured with varying degrees of severity,” the prosecutor’s office said in a message posted on the social network Facebook.
The numbers are not definitive, and work is underway to verify the situation “in the places of hostility, in the temporarily occupied territories and in the liberated territories”, added Ukrinform.
Information about the course of the war released by the two parties cannot immediately be independently verified.
To mark Father’s Day in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky released a message on the social network Twitter wishing that all fathers who are at war can return home.
“May our parents live a long and healthy life. And may all frontline parents return home,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to all Ukrainian parents, to all Ukrainian families, for our strong and courageous soldiers who stand for Ukraine’s independence and are fighting for Ukraine’s life,” he added.
Тато… Це слово щодня звучить мільйони разів, і щоразу в ньому чується захист, сила й безмежна любо в. У День батька хочеться побажати, щоб якнайбільше українських чоловіків чули це звертання: «Тато! » Щоб наші татусі жили довго й були здорові. І щоб кожен тато, який на передовій,… pic.twitter.com/LRSDe1N0Yq
– Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) June 18, 2023
Zelensky illustrated the message with a video made by United24, a platform he created to collect donations, in which Ukrainian soldiers are seen returning home and hugging children.
The number of civilian and military casualties from the war in Ukraine, started by Russia on February 24, 2022, is unknown, but several sources, including the UN, have admitted that it will be high.
In the most recent bulletin on Ukraine, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirmed the deaths of 8,983 civilians as of June 4, and more than 15,400 injured.
The UN agency has warned that “the real numbers are considerably higher”, given the delay in receiving information and confirming data from places with intense fighting.