Nearly 100 children have died in the Russian invasion, says Ukraine’s president

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy addresses the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa
Members of the House of Commons and Senate listen as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, appearing on a screen, addresses the Canadian Parliament March 15, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

March 15, 2022

By Kanishka Singh and Ismail Shakil

(Reuters) – Nearly a hundred children have died in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Canadian lawmakers on Tuesday, adding that the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol was left without communications and almost without food and water.

“Currently we have 97 children who died during this war,” Zelenskyy said in a virtual address to Canadian lawmakers.

“They destroy everything: memorials, schools, hospitals, housing complexes. They have already killed 97 Ukrainian children. We don’t ask much. We demand justice, real support,” said the Ukrainian president.

Zelenskyi’s speech began and ended with a standing ovation from Canadian lawmakers. The Ukrainian president reiterated that Canada and other Western countries should impose more sanctions on Russia and do more to help Ukraine, including imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

“How many cruise missiles must fall on our cities?” Zelenskyy asked, repeating his appeal for the no-fly zone.

Western countries have been quick to isolate Russia from world trade and the global financial system as a result of its invasion, but the US government has ruled out a no-fly zone it says would risk direct conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

Mariupol remained “without heating or hydroelectric power, without means of communication, almost without food, without water,” Zelenskyy added.

Zelenskyy has tried to garner support for Ukraine by holding video briefings for foreign audiences, including the European and British parliaments. He will also address the US Congress on Wednesday.

After Tuesday’s speech, Canadian lawmakers expressed bipartisan support for Ukraine.

Canadian party leaders also said they would welcome Ukrainian refugees. The number of refugees who have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 is nearing three million, UN data showed on Tuesday, in Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Ismail Shakil; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Alistair Bell) Nearly 100 children have died in the Russian invasion, says Ukraine’s president

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