(CNN Spanish) – Just before dawn on Friday, bombs exploded in the sky as Russia struck the capital. Kiev, With missile strikes, according to the Ukrainian government adviser. Across the country, Ukraine’s metro stations are operating as bomb shelters as Russian invasions hit civilian bases.
According to a senior U.S. defense official, from the start Russian invasion of Ukraine, At least 200 missile launches have been observed. These are a combination of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which are primarily launched from the ground and from the air.
“We have evaluated some of these missiles Affected areas inhabited by civiliansHowever, the United States does not know the number of people killed by these missiles.
“I do not know who the victims are, and I do not know if those civilian areas were deliberately targeted. I can tell you that we saw them hit by some of these missiles, ”the official said.
For her part, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani said on Friday that she was “deeply concerned” about the situation in Ukraine as reports of civilian casualties increased.
“Civilians are afraid of further escalation, many are trying to leave their homes and others are taking refuge as much as possible,” Shamdasani said. “The military action of the Russian Federation clearly violates international law. Stopped immediately. “
These are civilian sites in Ukraine that have been hit by Russian attacks since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
On February 24, an apartment building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Suzhou was attacked.
Anton Zherashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on Friday morning that Kiev had been hit by “cruise or ballistic missiles.” Photos shared by Gerashchenko on Friday showed the Kyiv apartment building on fire and firefighters responding to the scene as dark smoke clouds engulfed the area.
On the same day a kindergarten in Okhtyrka was attacked and an apartment building in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, near the Russian border, was damaged by long-range missiles or artillery.
On Thursday morning, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said in addition to the military casualties, “As far as I know, there are up to ten civilian casualties at this time.”
However, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirmed that several civilians had been killed and wounded in the two-day invasion.
“We have received reports of at least 127 civilian casualties; Bombings and airstrikes killed at least 25 people and injured 102 in Ukraine. Ravina Shamdasani saidOHCHR Spokesperson.
The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 people have lost their homes and been displaced. “We know of thousands of people across the international border in the region and we have seen it really happen from the beginning of the situation.” A UNHCR spokesman saidShabia Mandu.
Ukraine has already suffered thousands of casualties in the long-running conflict with Russia. The war erupted in 2014 after Russian-backed rebels seized government buildings in cities and towns in eastern Ukraine.
More than 14,000 people have been killed in the Donbass conflict since 2014. Ukraine says 1.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes, most of them staying in Ukrainian-controlled Donbass areas and about 200,000 have been resettled in the vast Kiev region.
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