Viktor Liashko, head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, has confirmed that a total of 198 people have died as a result of the continued war between Russia and Ukraine. ayokinews.com reports
On Saturday, Viktor said that three children were among those killed, as reported by Ukrinform, the country’s news agency.
The Minister confirmed that 1,115 people were injured, including 33 children.
“According to operational data, we have 198 dead at the hands of the gunpowder, including 3 children, 1,115 injured, 33 of which were children,” he said.
“Military defend the country with weapons in their hands, weapons of doctors are selfless labor. No one has been home for three days, and it won’t be soon. But we are ready and giving away. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the ZSU.”
On Thursday, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, ordered the launch of a special military operation in Donbas, escalating what had previously been diplomatic tensions between the two nations.
Early Saturday, Russian forces advanced on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, following a night of explosions and street fighting that drove civilians underground and across the border to flee the conflict.
Despite Russia’s assertions that its bombardment on Ukraine is primarily aimed at troops, civilians have been murdered.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, claimed in a video making rounds on social media, that all 27 European leaders he sought for assistance declined to fight with Russia.
However, Zelenskyy had already turned down an offer from the United States government to evacuate, claiming that he would stay and protect his people.
“The fight is here,” Zelenskyy said.
With Zelenskyy issuing a proclamation on general mobilization, martial law has been declared across Ukraine.
“We’ll give weapons to anyone ready to defend the country,” Zelenskyy said.
Ukraine may be the underestimated underdog, but there appears to be reason for optimism in the country, at least among its patriotic citizens.
While the country is under heavy bombardment from the invading Russian forces, Liashko revealed in a Facebook post titled “The Face of War”, that they have registered the births of two new Ukrainians.
“Yesterday, two boys were born in a maternity hospital set up in a bomb shelter in Kherson city. Two new lives that already have War in their genetic code. We and they will never forget and will never forgive,” he said.
“Life goes on, we give birth to children, and no one can beat us.”