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Russian artillery strike kills a father and son in northeastern Ukraine

Th aftermath of the Russian shelling that killed a father and his 4-year-old son in Bilopillia, Sumy Oblast, on 18 June 2023. Credit: Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.
Russian artillery strike kills a father and son in northeastern Ukraine

Russian forces shelled residential areas in Bilopillia, Sumy Oblast, killing a father and his 4-year-old son, according to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.

The Russian artillery shelling across the Russo-Ukrainian border took people off guard in downtown Bilopillia around 4:20 pm, according to the Mayor of Bilopillia, Yurii Zarko.

“A father and son were just passing by. A shell landed literally three meters away from them. They attempted to run for cover and did not make it five meters. The father died on the spot. The child was not taken to the hospital in time and died in his arms,” Yurii Zarko told Suspilne, a Ukrainian news media.

The father’s name was Roman Babenko. He was 38 years old and worked as a police officer in the Bilopillia Police Department, Suspilne reported. Today is Father’s Day in Ukraine. Russia continues to target civilians all over Ukraine, even far from the frontlines.

Early in the morning, Russian troops shelled Nikopol, southeastern Ukraine. No one was injured or killed. Nine houses, a car, solar panels, a gas pipeline, power lines & 2 critical infrastructure facilities were damaged, the mayor of Nikopol, Oleksandr Sayuk, reported.

Furthermore, around 3 pm, Russian forces shelled Lyptsi village in the Kharkiv Oblast, eastern Ukraine. As a result of the indiscriminate shelling, a man was wounded, according to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.


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