A 6-year-old Ukrainian girl died of dehydration after being trapped in the rubble of an airstrike that blew up her mother, heartbroken officials announced on Tuesday.
“I have no words today,” said Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said on the city’s Telegram channel when he announced the tragic death of a little girl named Tanya.
Rescuers pulled the child’s body from the rubble of their home after “her mother was blown to bits by Russian shelling,” he said.
“We cannot imagine the suffering an innocent child endured,” Boychenko wrote, saying authorities have no way of knowing “how long our strong little citizen of Mariupol fought for her life.”
“In the last minutes of her life she was alone, exhausted, scared, terribly thirsty,” he said.
“This is just one of the many stories of Mariupol surviving a blockade for eight days,” he said of the port city that did so further bombed despite promises of a ceasefire to allow evacuations.
An estimated 200,000 people — almost half of Mariupol’s 430,000 residents — are fleeing, only to face further attacks from an alleged “humanitarian corridor.” This was announced by the Ukrainian parliament Tuesday.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed “credible reports of civilians being fired upon trying to escape”, calling this “completely unacceptable” and tantamount to a “war crime”.
The mayor estimated that half a million citizens remained trapped in the ruins of what was left of their city, with scarce supplies of water, electricity, heat, and methods of communicating with the outside world.
“Because of these villains, our Mariupol fell into the trap of a humanitarian catastrophe,” he wrote.
Boychenko again called for the city to be “unlocked” with a “humanitarian corridor” to allow for safe evacuation and called for “the world community… to shut the skies over Ukraine.”
“It won’t bring back our dear Tanya, but it will save the lives of thousands of children in Ukraine,” the mayor wrote.
Also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba noticed Tanja’s deathand said: “War crimes are part of Russia’s deliberate strategy.
“I urge all states to publicly demand: RUSSIA LET THE PEOPLE GO!” he tweeted.
As of Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Office had confirmed the deaths of at least 474 civilians, including at least 29 children.
It stressed the number was likely much higher, and Ukraine said on Tuesday at least 38 children were among those killed and more than 70 other children were injured.
So far, more than 2 million people have fled the war-torn nation, the United Nations said, making it the fastest exodus Europe has seen since World War II.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/08/ukrainian-girl-6-dies-after-airstrike-kills-mom-officials/ Ukrainian girl, 6, dies after mother killed by airstrike: officials