A HEARTBREAKING photo shows a soldier carrying a baby through the rubble after a Russian attack.
Vladimir Putin has denied bombing Ukraine despite shocking images of the destruction and human suffering his forces are causing.
The image shows the infant’s tiny head sticking out of his baby suit as he is carried across the river by the soldier.
Beyond is the twisted wreckage of a bridge with a minibus lying in the water ahead.
By doing latest atrocities Committed by Putin’s forces, an attack on one city killed 47 people, allegedly with deadly cluster bombs, while in another a school was reduced to rubble.
But in a phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Russian tyrant insisted that the information about the bombing was falsified.
The Kremlin later released a statement saying, “The alleged ongoing airstrikes on Kyiv and other major cities are gross propaganda fabrications.”
Delusional Putin said he was open to talks with Ukraine, but only on condition that “all Russian demands are met”.
These include Ukraine’s neutral and non-nuclear status, its “denazification”, the recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, and the “sovereignty” of separatist areas in eastern Ukraine.
This comes as a US official said Russia is preparing to send 1,000 additional mercenaries to Ukraine in the near future, according to CNN.
Putin’s bizarre denials come as he claims war he unleashed was a “success”although the Russian army suffered heavy casualties.
A little over a week after Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine, the fighting rages on as Russian forces shell Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Fear of radiation leaks.
Harrowing images have shown the world the damage and human misery wrought by Russian forces, who did it accused of committing mass rapes.
Russian forces have yet to capture the capital, Kyiv, but the city’s defenders are braced for the coming onslaught.
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Boris Johnson has pledged more British military aid to Ukraine as the country struggles to survive.
“So the situation is very, very bleak for them, I’m sorry to say,” he told the Express.
“The Russian war machine is vast, still encircling cities and tightening its grip on them.
“And what we’re trying to do is keep sending aid to the Ukrainians to try and provide them with defensive weapons.”
In another day of attacks by Putin’s forces, mothers and children were forced to take shelter in the basement of the hospital in a residential area of Zhytomyr.
At least two died in the attack on a hospital, while a nearby school was reduced to rubble.
Zhytomyr – which has so far escaped serious damage – is 90 miles west of Kyiv on the main road used by refugees heading to Poland and Hungary.
Irpin, near Kyiv, was also hit by heavy shelling, setting houses on fire.
Some of the worst destruction took place in Chernihiv in the northeast, where horrific images showed apartment blocks reduced to smoldering ruins.
More victims were pulled from the rubble today as rescuers confirmed the death toll in an attack had risen to 47.
A chilling video filmed as a result showed bodies strewn across the streets in one of the conflict’s hardest-hit regions.
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Windows were shattered in the blast while burnt-out cars littered the street after Thursday’s strike.
Dashcam footage captures the moment when a hail of rockets hit the city of around 290,000 people.
Suddenly, a massive explosion explodes right in front of the driver. As the smoke begins to clear, dozens flee the blast.
Rescuers searched the rubble for more victims throughout the night.
A dramatic clip from the scene shows huge flames leaping into the sky after the explosion.
The Kyiv Independent reported that a cruise missile landed on an apartment building near Pavlusenko Hospital.
Kyiv mayor, former world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, claims a 40-mile convoy of Russian military vehicles is approaching the capital after their advance was halted by days of fierce Ukrainian resistance.
He said at a briefing at Chatham House foreign policy think tank, “Unfortunately, we have numerous cases of Russian soldiers raping women in Ukrainian cities.”
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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba backed a call for the creation of a special tribunal to punish Moscow’s aggression as Russia’s hostility escalates beyond bombing.
He said international law “is the only civilizational tool we have to ensure that, in the end, everyone who made this war possible is brought to justice.”
He said: “We are fighting the enemy who is much stronger than us.
“But international law is on our side and hopefully… it will play its own part to help us win.”
Amnesty International said Russia may have committed war crimes during the eight-day conflict and accused Putin’s forces of violating international humanitarian law.
“The Russian military has shown blatant disregard for the lives of civilians by using ballistic missiles and other explosive weapons with long-range effects in densely populated areas,” said the organization’s Secretary-General Agnes Callamard.
The International Criminal Court has announced that it will investigate possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
Russia continues to deny carrying out illegal attacks.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17849571/putin-denies-bombing-ukraine-despite-photos-school-attack/ The heartbreaking image shows a baby being carried out of the rubble of the Russian blast as Vladimir Putin denies the bombing of Ukraine