Semyon, five, has been in critical care since the attack by Russian thugs killed his parents and ten-year-old sister Polina, leaving 13-year-old Sofia as the only survivor so far
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The younger brother of a schoolgirl shot dead with her parents in a hail of bullets as they attempted to flee Kyiv has also died, it has emerged.
Little Semyon was in critical care in Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital for three days after the family was shot at as it tried to avoid enemy forces attacking the city.
Anton Kudrin, wife Svetlana Zapadynskaya, and their ten-year-old daughter Polina, were killed in the attack by one of Putin’s sabotage squads.
Only Semyon and their eldest daughter Sofia survived the ambush.
In the latest tragedy to emerge from the ruins of Ukraine, Semyon has now also perished, according to the Telegraph.
Critically ill Sofia, 13, is unconscious and currently has no idea her whole family was murdered.
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A poignant picture of a relative at the bedside of Semyon, who was on a ventilator, was released earlier this week.
Pink-haired, Harry Potter-mad Polina was in her final year of primary school when she was killed.
The unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces on the command of President Vladimir Putin has sparked bloodshed and chaos.
With Putin’s troops shelling cities across Ukraine and the nation’s army vowing to fight to the death to defend their land, observers fear the death toll will be enormous.
On Sunday, February 27, Ukraine’s health minister reported that at least 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the Russian invasion began, and more than 1,000 wounded.
On March 1, Ukraine claimed to have killed 5,710 russian soldiers since the start of the invasion.
These claims have not yet been independently verified but a human rights monitoring team from the United Nations has confirmed more than 500 civilian casualties in Ukraine.
At least 136 people have been killed, including 13 children, a UN report showed on Tuesday.
Bachelet, addressing the opening session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, previously said: “Most of these civilians were killed by explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and air strikes. The real figures are, I fear, considerably higher.”
It comes as Ukraine’s President accused Russia of ‘state terrorism’ on Tuesday after the indiscriminate bombing of Kharkiv.
A picture of the smiling schoolgirl was shared by deputy mayor of Kyiv, Vladimir Bondarenko.
He said: “Her name was Polina. She studied in the 4th grade of school in Kyiv. Her and her parents were shot by Russian DRG.”
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Yesterday a heart-breaking image showing the cost of war emerged from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, showing a devastated father weeping over the body of his teenage son.
the dad who was known only as Serhii, cradled his son Iliya’s head as he bent over the stretcher set up at a maternity unit, which was covered by a blood-soaked sheet.
The boy had arrived at the hospital moments earlier in the back of a car, with both legs having been ripped apart by a Russian shell.
The Black Sea city hospital had been turned into a makeshift hospital to treat civilian victims of Russian shelling, as fighting continues in Ukraine amid Russia ‘s invasion.
Mariupol, the main port of eastern Ukraine, has been surrounded under heavy bombardment with no water or power.
More than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians, including more than a dozen children, have so far been killed in the invasion.
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More than one million people have fled the war-torn country as Russian troops continue the illegal assault on their peaceful neighbour.
Earlier this week an interpreter covering Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to the European Parliament broke down as he detailed the death of several children.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.