Russian airstrike kills 18, including 2 kids in Ukraine

Harrowing images show blood-soaked children injured in a Russian airstrike that killed 18 people – including two kids – in an apartment building Tuesday, according to Ukraine’s government.

The distressing images were shared as Ukraine also accused invading forces of violating the ceasefire and attacking an evacuation route – as more than 2 million people have already fled the war-torn nation by Tuesday.

One image showed a tiny child caked in blood and dust, with bloodied bandages wrapped around the head. Other images appeared to show some of the 18 killed in the attack in Sumy, the first major city that was starting to be evacuated Tuesday

“Last night Russian pilots committed another crime against humanity in Sumy,” Ukraine’s government said.

“They dropped 500-kilogram bombs on residential buildings.

“Rescuers are still removing the debris, but 18 civilian deaths have already been confirmed, including two children,” the government wrote, sharing emojis of a candle and prayer symbol.

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On Telegram, the government said that another city in the region, Okhtyrka, was also attacked.

The body a woman is removed from the rubble.
The Russian airstrike on an apartment building killed 18 people
Parliament of Ukraine
Rescuers work through the rubble looking for survivors.
Rescuers work through the rubble looking for survivors.
Ukraine Ministry of Internal Affairs / Handout via REUTERS

“The enemy intensifies the bombardment of urban areas, destroying and damaging residential buildings,” the government shared, saying enemy troops were targeting civilians “to bombard cities into submission.”

The latest bloodshed in Sumy came as Ukrainians boarded buses to flee the besieged eastern city Tuesday, the first evacuation from a Ukrainian city through a humanitarian corridor agreed upon with Russia after several failed attempts to get residents to safety in recent days.

Residents were also leaving the town of Irpin, a frontline Kyiv suburb where women and children were killed in a brutal bombing on Sunday.

A woman is assisted by a member of the Ukrainian military as she flees heavy fighting in Irpin.
2 million people have already fled Ukraine by Tuesday.
Chris McGrath / Getty Images

In one of the most devastated cities, Mariupol, an estimated 200,000 people – nearly half the population of 430,000 – hoped to flee.

However, the foreign ministry on Tuesday accused Russian forces of still striking on one of the agreed-upon safe havens.

Ceasefire violated! Russian forces are now shelling the humanitarian corridor from Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol, ”the department insisted.

A woman hugs her daughter in a bus crossing the Ukrainian borders into Poland.
Ukrainians boarded buses to flee besieged Sumy.
Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP via Getty Images

The attacks came as “8 trucks + 30 buses” were ready to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol and to evac civilians to Zaporizhzhia.

“Pressure on Russia MUST step up to make it uphold its commitments,” the ministry tweeted.

The evacuations came amid an unprecedented refugee crisis, with the fastest exodus Europe has seen since World War II, according to the United Nations.

Ukrainians wait for a train to Budapest.
In Mariupol, an estimated 200,000 people hoped to flee.
Darko Vojinovic / AP

“Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people. Two million, ”Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter.

The Russian onslaught – now well into its second week – has trapped people inside cities that are running low on food, water and medicine.

While Russian troops have made significant advances in some areas, Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers have so far fortified the capital, Kyiv, with hundreds of checkpoints and barricades designed to thwart a takeover.

Evacuees from Mariupol.
Evacuees from Mariupol get settled at a refugee camp.
Alexander Ermochenko / REUTERS

A steady rain of shells and rockets fell on other population centers, including the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where the mayor reported heavy artillery fire.

“We can not even gather up the bodies because the shelling from heavy weapons does not stop day or night,” Mayor Anatol Fedoruk said. “Dogs are pulling apart the bodies on the city streets. It’s a nightmare. ”

Russian forces also continued their offensive in Mykolaiv, opening fire on the Black Sea shipbuilding center of a half-million people, according to Ukraine’s military. Rescuers said they were putting out fires caused by rocket attacks in residential areas.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that Russian forces will be met with an insurgency.
Ukrainian Presidency Press Office / AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian defense forces were also involved in operations in the northern city of Chernihiv, the general staff said.

However, Ukrainian officials have repeatedly insisted that Russian troops are demoralized at their lack of success despite their clear advantage.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told ABC News that “for one Ukrainian soldier, we have 10 Russian soldiers, and for one Ukrainian tank, we have 50 Russian tanks.”

A charred Russian tank.
“For one Ukrainian tank, we have 50 Russian tanks,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Irina Rybakova / Press service of the Ukrainian Ground Forces / Handout via REUTERS

Still, he vowed that even if Russian forces “come into all our cities,” they will be met with an insurgency.

With Post wires

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