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Ukraine says 97 children have been killed since the Russian invasion began

The Ukrainian president said Russian forces had already killed 97 Ukrainian children. (File)

Ottawa:

Ninety-seven Ukrainian children have been killed since the Russian invasion began, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the Canadian parliament on Tuesday, urging allies to “extend” aid to Kyiv once again.

In the video address, the Ukrainian leader accused the Russian army of “destroying everything”: souvenir sets, schools, hospitals, housing sets.

“97 Ukrainian children have already been killed,” Zelensky said.

“We are not asking for much. We are asking for justice, for real help, to help us prevail, to defend (ourselves), to save lives,” he said, receiving a standing ovation from lawmakers.

Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced sanctions against 15 other Russian officials, including “government and military elites who are complicit in this illegal war.”

The move brings the number of Belarussian, Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities sanctioned by Ottawa to nearly 500 since the start of the war last month.

“Vladimir Putin’s blatant disregard for human life is unacceptable,” the Canadian leader said, praising Zelensky as an inspiration.

“Democracies around the world are lucky to have you as our champion,” he said.

Zelensky thanked Canada for the sanctions, as well as military equipment and humanitarian aid.

But, he said, “unfortunately this did not end the war.” “We all need to do more to stop Russia, to protect Ukraine.”

“Please expand your efforts to restore peace in our peaceful country,” he said.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a union feed.)

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