Ukraine’s foreign ministry has condemned what it termed as Russia’s barbaric attack on a TV tower near a memorial site that commemorates the victims of Babyn Yar.
Babyn Yar was one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.
The site contains a a cluster of memorials to remember those who died, including a separate one for the children.
On Twitter, the foreign ministry Tuesday said “Russian troops fired on the TV tower, near the Memorial complex #BabynYar”.
It added: “Russian criminals do not stop at anything in their barbarism. Russia = barbarian.”
Ukrainian emergency services say five people were killed in the Russian attack on the Kyiv television tower.
It’s unclear whether the tower itself was hit – it remains standing, but the blast took some broadcasts off air.
As of March 1,2022, UN records suggested that more than 660,000 civilians had fled Ukraine. However, the EU feared that number could increase massively to some four million if the conflict continues.
Refugees are crossing the borders to neighbouring countries to the west, including Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.
Poland has so far taken in over 377,000 refugees, according to the UN. The Polish government says a further 50,000 are arriving every day.
Hungary and Romania are giving out cash allowances for food and clothing. Children are being given places in local schools.
The Czech Republic has activated a plan which will help refugees apply for a special type of visa through a simplified procedure. – BBC.