“The Russians wished us good luck, and then they shot us” – Corriere.it

from Francesco Battistini

At least 231 Ukrainian children lost their lives. Here are some stories told by surviving relatives. A drop in the ocean of blood shed by the most innocent

From our correspondent

KIEV – «I run to Dominichka and just shout:“ Dominichka! Dominichka! “. Her, nothing. Property. Dumb. I tear off a scarf, tie her legs. Useless. My beloved child, I have not saved you!”. His name is Vladimir, he is a father: his is one of the thousands of stories collected in 85 days of bombs, and will end in the cases to be submitted to the Criminal Court in The Hague if and when a trial comes. It is known that in peace it is the children who bury their fathers, but not in war: the Kiev Prosecutor General says that 231, the children killed in almost three months. Three a day. Most of them in Donetsk, in Kiev, in Kharkiv in Kherson, in Chernihiv, in Lugansk. And in Mykolaiv, where a mine exploded on the highway Tuesday: of a 5-year-old girl, almost nothing was found. A drop in the ocean of blood shed by the most innocent. Here are some of their stories.

A mother’s scream at the checkpoint

The story of Sofia Fedkov, 6 years old. «Kl. 17.13 I called my mother on the mobile phone. He was sitting in the car with my two little brothers, Ivan and Sofia. I asked her: “Why do not you go to Odessa? It is safer there, there is also a free apartment”. Suddenly I heard my mother scream: “My God! He’s just a baby! How can you do that?“. Then you shoot him. A door slams. More pictures”. Denis Fedkov tells it as if he had seen the murder of his 6-year-old sister Sofia. Mother Irina had decided to run away with the children from the village of Vesele when the Russians arrived in Kherson on March 5 and cut off electricity and water. in front of the Fedkovs there were also his uncles. “When I also heard the shots – says Denis – my aunt went back. At the level of the dam he saw the Russians. She went and asked what happened. They pointed to a ditch and answered : “That woman did not stop at the check-up.” Ivan was wounded in the head and screamed. Sofia had a hole in her chest. They took them to the hospital, but my sister was already dead. They left my mother’s body there one day before giving us permission to retrieve it. ”

The fast Arseniy and the anesthesiologist aunt

Arseniy’s story, 14 years old. A white T-shirt with “Grrr” on. Next door, the sister hugs her father. On the other hand, Aunt Marina puts a hand on his shoulder. What is left of Arseniy’s life, “Senya” for all, is only stored on Facebook. On March 3, as the fighting raged around Kiev, the Russian target exercise on Zagaltsy also began. Senya had run a race – as a 14-year-old he was the fastest in the country’s football club – but the bombs were too many: a splinter hit him in the head. Senya was in pain for two hours and was bleeding. No one could pick it up, for the Russians shot at anyone who approached. At one point, he managed it Marina Kalabina, the aunt in the picture, who was an anesthetist by profession and she would at least try to revive him: a skid, a braking, the effort of pulling the nearly dead boy into the car. They even pulled at her. They killed her instantly. The bodies of Senya and her aunt Marina remained on the asphalt for days before anyone could pick them up. Close to them, a few hundred meters away, there was the kindergarten where Senya used to go as a child: it no longer exists, burned in the war like the life of the little football player.

Sasha, drowned in the “Sea of ​​Kiev”

The story of Sasha, 4 years old. The day they found Sasha’s body, it was almost a relief. Anna, the mother, understood that there was nothing more to do. But he asked that someone be allowed to bury back. “A mother should never give her children a grave,” says Anna Yakhno: “At least now I know that her soul has found peace. And that Sasha is an angel in heaven. “About 4-year-old Sasha, news had been lost on March 10. In Vyshorod, the Russians had closed all access roads and destroyed the bridges across the Dnieper: how to escape? The inhabitants had reclaimed all sorts of boats, the idea was to take the “Sea of ​​Kiev”, the hydroelectric power plant basin, and try to get out of the water. Sasha had been forced to wear a life jacket, grandmother in hand, the boat packed. But they bombed, okay if they bombed. And for the panic, for the troubled water, for the accident, suddenly the boat capsized. Grandma could not hold on to Sasha’s little hand, she drowned at once. The small body went off the current and someone saw that it was still shaking: it was found two days later, raised by water and motionless, in a pipe-bed along the banks.

Greetings and shots

The story of Yelisey Ryabokon, 13 years old. Yelisey’s funeral was awful. Her father, Yevgeny, hugged the white coffin and the framed picture of a smiling boy: he tried to say something, but his voice did not come out. Yelisey was from Peremoga, a small town near Kiev: “That day – says her mother, Inna – the Russians had given us permission to leave. They even greeted us and wished us good luck. But when we formed a column of five cars and crossed the fields to reach the road, they started shooting at us from all sides“Yelisey was in the other car, pierced by bullets, and no one was rescued up there.” the car by the hood of his jacket “. The place where Yelisey was killed is in the countryside of Brovary on the outskirts of Kiev, one of the most affected countries. Impossible for anyone to reach that camp: the boy died on March 11, but it took a month to organize his funeral. “I only live for the second child – says Inna – And for someone to pay for all this”.

20 May 2022 (change 20 May 2022 | 11:49)

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