Polina: Ukrainian girl among 16 kids killed by Russians as she tries to flee Kyiv

Polina: Ukrainian girl among 16 kids killed by Russians as she tries to flee Kyiv
Polina is the latest among at least 16 children to be killed by Russians after they invaded Ukraine (Volodymyr Bondarenko/Facebook)

A Ukrainian schoolgirl was gunned down by Russian saboteurs in her family car alongside her parents, local reports have claimed. Polina is the latest among at least 16 children to be killed by Russians after they invaded Ukraine. Polina was a 4th-grade girl from Kyiv, and was with her family and two siblings in their car when it came under fire from a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group.

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"Her name was Polina. She studied in the 4th grade of school in Kyiv. This morning on Teligi her and her parents were shot by Russian DRG,” a social media post by city’s deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko reads. 

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Over 300 civilians have already been killed in Ukraine, the country's health ministry has said. Over 1,000 people, including more than 100 children, have been wounded. Authorities gave reportedly been handing out weapons to anyone who wishes to defend the city

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Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have claimed that chilling symbols have started to pop up on potential prime Russian attack targets, which they believe is the work of Kremlin saboteurs. Eerie signs, such as bright red X-marks-the-spot ones, are appearing on targeted buildings. Ukrainian officials have now urged residents to be on the lookout for such symbols on places like residential high-rise rooftops and gas pipes. Authorities have also asked locals to keep an eye out for suspicious people who may be leaving the clues.

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Putin could reportedly be deploying one of the deadliest weapons and is also considering nuclear options. Putin deployed a terrifying rocket system onto the battlefield after three days of defense by Ukrainian forces. In footage verified by CNN, the Russian army was seen moving TOS-1 Buratino rockets towards the front line. Meanwhile, Putin reportedly also ordered the military command to put nuclear deterrence forces on high alert following aggressive statements by NATO countries.

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Besides nuclear warheads, TOS-1 'Buratino' and TOS-1A 'Solntsepek' are some of the most dangerous weapons in modern-day warfare. The tanks, which feature a terrifying oblong-shaped rack on top, are loaded with batches of incendiary and thermobaric rockets that can wipe out everything within a 300-yard radius. British military sources warned that the weapon could potentially kill tens of thousands of civilians if used. The blast from the rockets is said to produce a wall of flame that is followed by a vacuum, causing fatal damage to lungs and other internal organs.

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