A day after launching a military operation against Ukraine, Russia claimed the attacks only targeted military facilities and not civilian facilities. In a press conference on Friday (25/2/22), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that there were no attacks targeting the Ukrainian people. But on the ground, the facts show something different. Several media have confirmed several videos of the attack circulating on social media. In the video, Russian attacks also hit civilian infrastructure such as kindergartens and apartments. The following is a list of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure that was attacked by Russia and caused casualties!
Ukrainian troops defend the capital, Kiev, from Russian siege
Despite reports of attacks on Ukrainian civilian facilities, Russian troops continued to make progress to lay siege to the capital Kiev from three sides. The mayor of Kiev has announced his citizens to arm themselves. The Ministry of Defense urged residents to make Molotov cocktails or hide in safe places. According to The Moscow Times, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday morning that "tonight they (Russia) will try to invade (the capital Kiev)." On the outskirts of Kiev, fierce fighting continued. Ukrainian troops withstand the onslaught of Russian troops. One of the military units on Victory Avenue, Kiev, is trying to be controlled by the Russians but the Ukrainians put up a fight. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that it had dropped two enemy targets, helicopters and military bombers on separatist areas. In addition, a Russian transport plane was also brought down near Vasylkiv, about 30 kilometers southwest of Kiev. In Obolonsky, north of Kiev, explosions were heard as a result of the invasion of Russian troops. Between 40-80 kilometers north of Kiev, the two sites became a battleground for armored vehicles of two hostile armies. Meanwhile, Ukraine announced the death toll of 137 people, including civilians and military. Ukraine's defense ministry said 2,800 Russian soldiers were killed, but offered no evidence. Moscow has yet to provide a casualty report.
Kindergarten buildings, hospitals and orphanages attacked by Russian troops
On Thursday (24/2/22), Russia attacked Ukraine. Russian missiles rained down on several cities across Ukraine. Russia claims the attack only targeted military facilities. Moscow claims its attacks have paralyzed more than 80 Ukrainian military facilities. After the missile attack, Russia launched air strikes with bomber planes. After that, steel columns of Russian combat vehicles entered Ukraine, along with its military personnel. From the video circulating on social media, the facts on the ground show that the Russian attack did not only target military facilities but also public facilities. According to CNN, a kindergarten in Okhtyrka, in the northeastern city of Sumy, was hit by the shooting. Mayor Pavel Kuzmenko claimed the shots were fired by Russia's Uragan rocket system and injured several children. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of war crimes. "Russia's attacks today against kindergartens and orphanages are a war crime and a violation of the Rome Statute," he said. Amnesty International, in a press release on Friday, accused Russia of carrying out "indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas and attacks on protected objects such as hospitals." According to Amnesty, on Thursday the attack was carried out near a hospital building in Vuhledar, east of Donetsk. Four civilians were killed and 10 people were injured.
Russian rockets hit public facilities near Kiev and Kharkiv
On the outskirts of Kiev, there is an area called Bucha. In that place, there is a housing whose road was hit by a Russian rocket. The shards of the projectile were scattered across the residential street. Experts and observers are debating whether the rocket shown in the video contains cluster munitions or not. Mark Hiznay, associate director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch said the rocket "on land would impact a large area and send 9mm shells all over the place. Pretty nasty," he was quoted as saying by CTV News. In Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Russian rockets hit a pedestrian crossing. Hiznay identified the weapon as a Smerch rocket launcher motor. According to Russian Defense Export, the Smerch is a multiple rocket launcher system (MRLS). The maximum speed of the Smerch rocket is up to 60 km/h. In Chuhuiv, outside the city of Kharkiv, a civilian apartment was also the target of a rocket attack. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense listed Chuhiv as one of the targets of Russia's intensive fire. From the photos circulating on social media and confirmed by media such as Agence France-Presse and Anadolu, a resident can be seen crying among the ruins of a building, an old woman cloaked outside the room and one person can be seen lying on the ground. Amnesty International also pointed out that a large crater was seen near the apartment, indicating the impact of a missile from Russia.