'Tell this terrible truth': Zelenskyy's wife urges media to show how Russian troops are killing children
Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, posted multiple images of kids dying due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She mentioned the deaths of various kids due to the constant attacks and explosions and the pain their families are going through. "How many more children must die to convince Russian troops to stop firing and allow humanitarian corridors?" Zelenska asked through her Instagram post. She asked the media to tell the truth and inform everyone how Russian invaders are killing Ukrainian children. Zelenska further urged NATO to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine to protect the future.
She captioned the post, "The Russian occupiers are killing Ukrainian children. Consciously and cynically. 18-month-old Kirill from Mariupol was urgently taken to the hospital by his parents. He was wounded by the shelling, and doctors could do nothing. Alice from Okhtyrka. She could have turned eight years old. However, she died in the shelling with her grandfather, who was protecting her. Polina from Kyiv. She died during the shelling on the streets of our capital, along with her parents and brother. Her sister is in critical condition. Arseniy, 14 years old. A fragment of the projectile hit his head. The medics could not reach the boy under the gunfire. Arseniy bled to death."
"Sofia, 6 years old. She, along with her оne and half month old brother, mother, grandmother, and grandfather, were shot to death in their car. The family tried to leave Nova Kakhovka. I have to tell you about it. At least 38 children have already died in Ukraine. And this figure might be increasing this very moment due to the shelling of our peaceful cities! When people in Russia say that their troops are not hurting the civilian population, show them these pictures! Show them the faces of these children who weren't even given a chance to grow up. How many more children must die to convince Russian troops to stop firing and allow humanitarian corridors?" Zelenska questioned.
"We need corridors in the hottest cities in Ukraine right now! Hundreds of children die there in basements without food and medical care. Russian soldiers shoot families who try to leave the buildings. They also kill volunteers who try to help. I appeal to all the unbiased media in the world! Tell this terrible truth: Russian invaders are killing Ukrainian children. Tell it to Russian mothers - let them know what exactly their sons are doing here, in Ukraine."
"Show these photos to Russian women - your husbands, brothers, compatriots are killing Ukrainian children! Let them know that they are personally responsible for the death of every Ukrainian child because they gave their tacit consent to these crimes. To NATO countries: close the sky over Ukraine! Save our children, because tomorrow it will save yours! #NoFlyZoneUA #CloseUASkyNOW #NATOCloseTheSky #StopRussia," her post concluded.
Previously, another Instagram post from Zelenska said, "My dear people! Ukrainians! I'm looking at you all today. Everyone I see on TV, on the streets, on the Internet. I see your posts and videos. And you know what? You are incredible! I am proud to live with you in the same country! It is said that many people are a crowd. This is not about us. Because many Ukrainians are not crowds. This is an army! And today I will not have panic and tears. I will be calm and confident. My children are looking at me. I will be next to them. And next to my husband. And with you. Love you! I love Ukraine! [blue heart emoji] [yellow heart emoji]".
Horrific images keep circulating on social media as families and children are targeted by the shelling and explosions. Days after setting fire to the Zaporizhzhia power plant, Russian forces fired rockets and missiles at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology. As per reports, Russian troops are holding workers at the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear plants as hostages. Sources say they are providing them with only one meal of porridge a day and allowing them barely two hours to sleep.