“Global Fascists” Are Not Destroyed in Ukraine, but Civilians and Children Are Killed
Contrary to the absurd claim in the post that “the Russian army is destroying the global fascists and their henchmen”, in the war in Ukraine that Russia started on February 24, soldiers are suffering, but also innocent civilians, including many children. According to the Ukrainian authorities so far (02.03.2022) more than 2,000 civilians have been killed. The killing of civilians has been confirmed by the United Nations. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says more than 500 civilian casualties have been reported in Ukraine, including at least 136 killed and 400 injured, but expects the actual number to be much higher
We are reviewing a Facebook post, in which it is claimed that in Ukraine there is no war between the fraternal Orthodox nations, but Russia is killing “global fascists”. This is complete disinformation.
The post reads:
There is no war in Ukraine between the two fraternal Orthodox nations. The Russian army is destroying the global fascists and their henchmen.
Contrary to the absurd claim in the post, in the war in Ukraine, which was started by Russia on February 24, soldiers are suffering, but also an innocent civilian population, among them a large number of children.
CIVILIANS AND CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING IN UKRAINE, NOT GLOBAL FASCISTS
According to one of the latest statements from the Ukrainian authorities so far (March 2, 2022), more than 2,000 civilians have been killed.
Ukraine reports that 21 children have been killed and 55 have been injured since the beginning of the invasion. This information was published by the Ukrainian ombudsman.
In the seven days of the war, Russia destroyed hundreds of buildings, hospitals and kindergartens, Ukrainian officials said, according to media reports.
Dozens of ambulance workers were reported killed, firefighters put out more than 400 wildfires that erupted after Russian attacks across the country, and the army and police defused 416 explosive devices.
The death toll in Ukraine has risen since the first day of the Russian invasion when 57 people were killed and 169 were wounded. Those numbers include soldiers and civilians. These are not “global fascists”, but residents of Ukraine.
MURDER OF CIVILIANS CONFIRMED BY UN
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said more than 500 civilian casualties have been reported in Ukraine – including at least 136 killed and 400 injured, but expects the actual number to be much higher, the CNN reported.
Most of these casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and air strikes. These are only the casualties we were able to cross-check, and the real toll is likely to be much higher,” the UN office said in a statement on Tuesday, reported by the CNN.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during his speech before the UN Council, condemned Russia for the killing of civilians in Ukraine, raising the idea that Russia should be expelled from the UN Human Rights Council.
They are destroying critical infrastructure, which provides millions of people across Ukraine with drinking water, gas to keep them from freezing to death, and electricity. Civilian buses, cars, and even ambulances have been shelled. Russia is doing this every day — across Ukraine, Blinken said.
In recent days, Russian attacks have hit civilians, signaling a shift to much more aggressive bombing. Previous Russian attacks have focused more on military targets.
Two days ago, the BBC reported that dozens of civilians had been killed in Kharkiv, while shelling continued into the morning, with residents hiding in underground shelters in fear.
THE RUSSIAN MILITARY TARGETS CIVIL FACILITIES, HOSPITALS, MUSEUMS, SCHOOLS
Russian artillery and missile strikes hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second most populous city, after Kyiv. The videos posted on social media and confirmed by CNN showed significant destruction in the northeastern part of the city. One hit a residential complex near a hospital, and the regional police and Kharkiv National University were also hit.
Russian forces have stepped up attacks on settlements in Ukraine, bombing a square in Kharkiv and a television tower in Kyiv.
According to Ukrainian authorities, five people were killed in the afternoon attack on the TV tower, a few kilometers from the center of Kyiv and near numerous residential buildings. A Russian cruise missile attack on an administration building in Kharkiv has killed at least six people. During the day, rescuers pulled victims and survivors from under the rubble of the building.
Grenades fell near a shopping center in Kharkiv as fighting continued in the streets.
In Kharkiv, Russian troops attacked a military medical center, the Ukrainian news agency Unian reported. Fighting broke out with Ukrainian forces. The Ukrainian side said that Russian grenades fell on the city center, including residential buildings, as well as the building of the regional administration, Deutsche Welle reported.
The building of the Slovenian consulate was seriously damaged in the attack of the Russian army on Kharkiv, the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Twitter.
On the sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the army continues to fire rockets and multiple rocket launchers at the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mariupol and others with the full knowledge that they are killing civilians, not the military, writes Ukrainian analyst Roman Rukomeda in his fifth story about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which he managed to send to EURACTIV despite limited internet access.
According to his report, 80 kindergartens, schools, colleges, hospitals and social-educational facilities were destroyed. They deliberately aim at hospitals, such as Kharkiv, to cause as many civilian deaths as possible.
Russian military forces also rocketed one of the most tragic monuments in Kyiv, Babi Yar, where thousands of Jews, Roma, Ukrainians and other nationalities were killed by German Nazis during World War II.
OVER 800,000 REFUGEES FLED UKRAINE
The BBC reports that more than 830,000 civilians have fled Ukraine.
The European Union (EU) estimates that up to four million people could try to flee the country due to the Russian invasion. The bloc has relaxed refugee rules and says its member states will welcome refugees with open arms.
A report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says 453,000 are in Poland alone, with 50,000 arriving daily.
According to a UN report on the number of refugees:
- Hungary – 116,348
- Moldova – 79,315
- Slovakia – 67,000
- Romania – 44,450
- Russia – 42,900
- Belarus – 341
- 600 people moved from these countries to others in Europe.
Many touching video testimonies of Ukrainians who fled to other European countries due to military aggression have been published on the BBC.
Popular opera and jazz singer Suzana Alimovna Jamaladinova from Ukraine, better known as Jamala, who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “1944”, is one of those who became refugees in the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She recounted her terrifying story, taking refuge with her two children in Turkey after hearing explosions near her home in Kyiv.
Given everything that has happened and is happening in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, it is pointless and shameful for the author of the post to call the innocent civilian population and children who are victims of the war in Ukraine “global fascists and their henchmen.” We assess the post as complete disinformation.
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