A nine-year-old Ukrainian girl wrote a heartbreaking letter to her mum who was killed when a car they were in together was shelled by Russian forces – calling her ‘the best mom in the world’. The contents of the note, which appears to have been written in a diary, was revealed on Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
He also posted an image of two of the pages, with the accompanying text: “Mom! You’re the best mom in the whole world. I’ll never forget you. I wish you’ll get in Heaven and be happy there. I’ll do my best to be a good person and get in Heaven too. See you in Heaven! Galia xx”.
The mother and daughter may have been trying to flee when rockets hit their car, it is thought, reports The Mirror. In the handwritten note the girl – known only as Galia – adds: “We will meet in heaven. I will try my best to be a good to go to heaven also.”
She also reportedly thanked her mother for ‘the best nine years of her life’ – and said she was very grateful for her childhood.
The letter is said to date from March 8, two weeks into Vladimir Putin’s onslaught. It hasn’t been confirmed where in Ukraine the tragedy took place, but reports have named Borodianka.
Meanwhile, Britain could start targeting Russian troops and generals suspected of committing war crimes in Ukraine with sanctions, the policing minister has said.
Kit Malthouse said the UK was determined to do all it could to help bring to justice those responsible for the “truly awful crimes” which had taken place during the invasion.
“While that is ongoing we can take action domestically around sanctions we are able to put on individuals, including combatants, leading generals and others involved in it, to signal our recognition of their part in this dreadful, dreadful assault upon a free democratic country, ” he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme.
“We are putting as much support into the conflict as we possibly can to support the Ukrainians in their fight, we will do the same to bring those to justice who have perpetrated some truly awful crimes during this dreadful time.”
During a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, Boris Johnson said President Vladimir Putin had “permanently polluted his reputation” through the actions of his forces. Appearing alongside President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Prime Minister praised the courage of the Ukrainian forces and promised the West would send military equipment to ensure Russia could never again invade its neighbour.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the retreating Russian troops had left behind evidence of the “disproportionate targeting of non-combatants” as they pulled back from the area around Kyiv. In an intelligence assessment released on Saturday evening, it said this included “the presence of mass graves, the fatal use of hostages as human shields, and mining of civilian infrastructure”.
Ukraine’s prosecutor general Iryna Veneditktova said that in the area around the Kyiv alone they had found the bodies of 1,222 dead. “Of course, what we saw on the ground in all regions of Ukraine is war crimes, crimes against humanity, and we do everything to fix it,” she told Sky News.
Following Mr Johnson’s visit to Kyiv, Downing Street announced the UK would be sending 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems on top of the latest £100 million package of military support announced last week.
The Ukrainians later posted video footage of Mr Johnson and Mr Zelensky on walkabout through the largely deserted city streets accompanied by a posse of heavily armed Ukrainian troops. “I think it symbolized the support and the leadership that we are trying to show across the world as we seek a victory for Ukraine,” Mr Malthouse said.
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