This is just heartbreaking! An 18-month-old boy was killed after his home was shelled in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
THE LITTLE BOY COULD NOT BE SAVED
According to a report by Sky News, little Kirill Yatsko, aged 18 months, was fatally injured after his home in the southern port city of Mariupol was shelled in the continuing Russian invasion.
Video footage captured his mother, Marina, and boyfriend Fedor rushing into a hospital with the unconscious child.
THE MOTHER OF THE LITTLE BOY WAS INCONSOLABLE
According to the report, the little boy cannot be saved.
“A doctor sits on his haunches at the side of the room, looking down at the floor, trying to process what he has just witnessed.
“Outside, in the corridor, Marina is inconsolable. She stands up, cries “why, why, why”, and turns to her boyfriend, who, seeing she is not steady on her feet, takes her in his arms and holds her up as she cries on his shoulder.”
MARIUPOL WAS SURROUNDED BY RUSSIAN TROOPS
Meanwhile, AFP reported on Sunday, the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which is surrounded by Russian troops, said it will restart efforts to evacuate civilians Sunday, after earlier efforts were scuppered by ceasefire violations.
“From 1200 (1000 GMT) the evacuation of the civilian population begins,” city officials announced in a statement, which said a ceasefire was agreed with Russian-led forces surrounding the city.
An earlier attempt on Saturday to allow civilians to leave by buses and private cars along the road northwest towards Zaporizhzhia failed when both sides accused the other of shelling.
MARIUPOL TRIES TO AGAIN EVACUATE CIVILIANS
According to aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) the humanitarian situation in Mariupol, a key target for the Russian invasion forces, is “catastrophic” with no power or water in civilian homes.
“It is imperative that this humanitarian corridor … is put in place very quickly,” MSF’s emergency coordinator in Ukraine, Laurent Ligozat, told AFP.
Ukrainian authorities accuse the Russians of shelling even when civilians were gathering to form an escape convoy, but Moscow’s defence ministry accuses the city’s defenders of exploiting a “human shield”.