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Ukrainian woman, 4, buried after Russian missile attack

A four-year-old girl killed by a Russian missile attack was buried during an emotional ceremony in central Ukraine on Sunday – while Moscow forces continued their attack, hitting industrial sites in the south of the country.

Little Liza looked serene in a crown of white flowers as she lay in an open coffin, with teddy bears and flowers above her, at the 18th-century Transfiguration Cathedral in the city of Vinnytsia.

“We know that evil cannot triumph,” an Orthodox priest insisted in a trembling voice in front of crying relatives during the service.

“I didn’t know Liza, but no one can go through this with peace,” said the priest Vitalii Holoskevych while breaking into sobs. “Because every funeral is grief for each of us. We are losing our brothers and sisters.”

Liza, who had Down syndrome, was fatally wounded on Thursday while en route to a speech therapy class with her mother.

She was one of at least 24 people killed in the Russian strikes, including two boys aged 7 and 8. Among the more than 200 injured was Liza’s mother, 33-year-old Iryna Dmytrieva, who is in critical condition in intensive care.

She does not know that her daughter was buried on Sunday because the family did not want it to affect her condition.

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Liza Dmitrieva was killed by a Russian missile attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
Liza Dmitrieva was killed by a Russian missile attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
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Little Liza looked serene in a crown of white flowers as she lay in an open coffin.
Little Liza looked serene in a crown of white flowers as she lay in an open coffin.
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“Your mom didn’t even see how beautiful you are today,” said grandmother Larysa Dmytryshyna through tears.

At the beginning of the war, the girl’s family fled Kyiv to Vinnytsia, which was considered relatively safe.

While Russian forces have focused on the Donbass in the east, they have hit areas across the country.

Liza, who had Down syndrome, was fatally wounded on Thursday while en route to a speech therapy class with her mother.
Liza, who had Down syndrome, was fatally wounded on Thursday while en route to a speech therapy class with her mother.
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Relatives and friends attend the funeral for Liza, a 4-year-old girl killed in a Russian attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
Relatives and friends attend the funeral for Liza, a 4-year-old girl killed in a Russian attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
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Moscow has hit industrial plants in the strategic southern city of Mykolaiv, a major shipbuilding center at the mouth of the Southern Bug River.

Russian military leaders have announced plans to cut off all of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast in the south of the country up to the Romanian border.

If Moscow succeeds, it could deal a devastating blow to Ukraine’s economy and trade. It would also allow Moscow to secure a land bridge to a separatist region of Transnistria that has a military base.

An aerial view shows buildings damaged by a Russian missile attack as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues.
An aerial view shows buildings damaged by a Russian missile attack as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues.
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Russian missile attacks have regularly rained down on both Mykolaiv and Odessa, while troops halted attempts to advance into the area after failing to take Mykolaiv earlier in the war.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday that missiles destroyed a depot for anti-ship Harpoon missiles given to Ukraine by NATO allies, although this claim could not be independently verified.

In a bid to stop a feared Ukrainian counter-offensive, Russia is attempting to reinforce positions in the Kherson region near Crimea and part of the northern Zaporizhia region, which it held at the start of the February 24 invasion.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday the Russians would move manpower to the area while increasing security around Melitopol.

“Given the pressure on Russian manpower, the reinforcement of the south as the battle for Donbass continues shows the seriousness with which Russian commanders view the threat,” the defense ministry said.

In the Donbass, where the most capable and well-equipped Ukrainian forces are stationed, Ukrainian forces still control two small villages in the Luhansk region, one of the two provinces that make up the Donbass, according to Kyiv. Ukraine said it was successfully fending off Russian attempts to advance deeper into the other province of Donetsk.

During a visit to the front lines on Saturday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu urged troops to “further intensify unit actions in all theaters of operations.”

The Russian military said it hit Ukrainian troops and artillery positions in Donbass, including a US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launcher, in its latest series of attacks, although this claim has not been independently verified.

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, in response to comments by Ukrainian officials, warned that if Ukraine were to build a bridge between Crimea and Russia, it would have devastating consequences for the Ukrainian leadership.

“If that happens, the consequences will be obvious: you will face the end of the world right now,” Medvedev said on Sunday. “It would be very difficult for them to hide.”

4-year-old Liza was buried on July 17, 2022 after being killed in a Russian bombing raid.
4-year-old Liza was buried on July 17, 2022 after being killed in a Russian bombing raid.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged citizens not to fall for Russian attempts to scare and divide them with threats of horrific missile attacks.

“It is clear that no Russian missiles or artillery will be able to break our unity or derail us from our path to a democratic, independent Ukraine,” he said in his nightly video address on Saturday. “And it is also clear that Ukrainian unity cannot be broken by lies or intimidation, fakery or conspiracy theories.”

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