Russian invasion: 549 people killed, according to the UN
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At least 549 people were killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to figures released Thursday by the United Nations.
The United Nations High Commissioner also said in an update that 957 people were injured during the conflict.
However, the United Nations notes that the actual number of dead and injured during the Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely “considerably higher”, indicating that the receipt of information has been delayed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, stating that “our confrontation with these [Ukrainian] forces is inevitable.”
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Ukraine’s foreign minister later said Putin had launched a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Russian forces bombed a Ukrainian maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol, killing three, including a child, officials said.
At least 17 other people were injured as a result of the attack, including women waiting to give birth.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the West needed tougher sanctions.
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“A children’s hospital. A maternity hospital. How did they threaten the Russian Federation?” Zelenskyy said. “What kind of country is it, the Russian Federation, which is afraid of hospitals, afraid of maternity wards, and destroys them?”
A senior regional police official called the attack a “war crime”, saying there was no justification for the attack.
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“Today Russia committed a huge crime,” Volodymir Nikulin said. “It’s a war crime without any justification.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report