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7 children injured in Slavyansk as Ukrainian army shells residential area

Published time: May 30, 2014 16:24
Edited time: May 30, 2014 20:10

Hospital staff clearing shards of glass from the windows shattered during the shelling by the the Ukrainian security forces. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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Seven children were hurt as the Ukrainian military shelled the city of Slavyansk, a stronghold of the protesters, in the country’s South East on Friday night, Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, said.

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“According to the public health department of the Donetsk regional administration, seven children were injured by bullets and shrapnel during the bombardment by the Ukrainian army,” Astakhov wrote on Twitter.

Self-defense forces in Slavyansk say the Ukrainian military shelled the town’s residential area during the night, with one of the shells hitting a children’s hospital.

A children’s clinic was also damaged by artillery fire, the ITAR-TASS news agency reports.

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On Wednesday, a school in the Artema residential district of Slavyansk was bombarded and one of the shells blasted through the roof of the assembly hall.

Fatalities were only avoided because teachers and pupils managed to find shelter in the basement of the school building.

In his interview with the Rossiya 24 channel, Astakhov said that an online action called ‘Save Donbass Children’ (#savedonbasschildren) has been initiated via social networks.

“I want to appeal to the leaders of all states around the globe to urge [Ukraine’s president-elect], Petro Poroshenko, to save the children of Donbass,” the ombudsman stressed.

Last week, Astakhov wrote to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) to attract attention to violations of humanitarian law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Ukrainian regime.

He also urged international organizations to put pressure on Kiev in order to provide a humanitarian corridor for the people to be evacuated from the warzone in the South East of the country.

On Friday, ombudsman’s aide, Renat Abayev, told RIA Novosti that Astakhov “hasn’t yet received a reply from either Ban Ki-moon or the OSCE.”

The evacuation of kids from Slavyansk is already underway, with 200 youngsters sent to Artek children’s camp in Crimea, Russian media report.

Children from Slavyansk going on holiday to Artek camp have arrived in Simferopol. (RIA Novosti / Taras Litvinenko)
According to RIA Novosti, there are also plans to transfer another 300 children to Svyatogorsk and other towns in the Donetsk region (where the situation is calmer), as well as health resorts in the Odessa Region.

The Slavyansk administration says that it has received over 1,000 requests from parents, who want their children evacuated from the town, which has been besieged by Ukrainian forces for almost two months.

There are 5,000 pre-school children and 12,000 kids between 6 and 17 years old in Slavyansk, the administration added.

Comments (448)


JUST 10.06.2014 15:01

Only Putin can put an end to the Kiev régime's agression on the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Even with their mostly ethnic-Russian population, Putin doesn't care. He is so afraid of the West so as to let the pro-West Kiev régime press on with its terrorist operations.
The anti-Kiev militias are also weak and ill-equipped. So the Kiev régime has free hand to terrorize.


Russian Bear 05.06.2014 14:53

[quote name='Don McCoy' time='01.06.2014 18:36']How is this shocking? This is what I expect from someone who from USA no brains gullible


Marina Urzhumova 04.06.2014 12:52

In your country there isn't enough information that occurs in the east of Ukraine. It simply nightmare! Europe and the USA close eyes to fascism! At what the pack of fascists kills on for idea, and for money or because of desire to kill! And their heads think only of money!

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