Kyiv, 11 March, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic leader said on Friday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is “becoming a war primarily against the civilian, peaceful population.”
In a video message issued on March 11, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk highlighted the suffering of Ukrainian children on the 16th day of the war.
“It really seems that this war is becoming a war primarily against the civilian, peaceful population,” he said.
“Even according to official statistics, in these days there have been more deaths among civilians — women and children — than among the military. We mourn the children of Ukraine who have become innocent victims of this war.”
The U.N. human rights office reported on March 11 that it had recorded 1,546 civilian casualties in Ukraine since Feb. 24, with 564 people killed and 982 injured. It said that the actual figures were likely to be “considerably higher.”