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CNN anchor Brianna Keilar openly wept as she struggled to get control of herself Thursday during a report on the hundreds of Ukrainian children tragically killed in shelling and fighting during the brutal Russian invasion of the country.
The official statistics from the Ukrainian government estimate that roughly 200 children have perished in the last month during the fighting, according to The Hill. Reporting from Lviv, Keilar commented that the numbers are likely a gross underestimate of the fatalities that have occurred. She listed a number of children’s deaths in various cities that have come under attacks, such as Kyiv and Mariupol, during her “New Day” segment that highlighted how the war has resulted in “stolen childhood on an unimaginable scale.”
She tweeted a clip of her report, stating, “These are the children this war has taken. They have names. They had futures. The war in Ukraine is stolen childhood on an unimaginable scale.”
Keilar’s voice first began to show emotion as she spoke about 6-year-old Sofia and her infant brother Vanyushka, who was murdered along with several members of their family when Russian soldiers shot up their car while they were stopped at a checkpoint. Keilar recalled how their uncle was on speakerphone with them when they were gunned down and the car was “shot to pieces,” while he listened to 5-week-old Vanyushka crying as the family died.
The infant cried for two minutes before passing, according to the CNN reporter as she wiped away tears.
That may be the most infuriating thing.
People, media especially, acting like this isn't what happens is every full scale war through history.
The difference is this is the first time where we have real-time on the ground, in your face, without a filter, coverage wall to wall
— TaoOfGir "Those damn humans…" (@TaoOfGir) April 14, 2022
She went on to tell several more stories of children lost in the invasion including the attack on a maternity hospital. The stories are nothing short of horrific.
“An Associated Press photographer says he witnessed the death of a 6-year-old in Mariupol. Russian forces shelled the building where she was staying, and she was, she was wearing unicorn pajamas,” Keilar said, breaking down as the tears flowed, “as an ambulance rushed her to a hospital, where she died.”
Ukrainians have claimed from the beginning that women and children have been targeted by the Russians during the bloody conflict.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of war crimes in Ukraine, despite mounting evidence of it. Keilar concluded her report by stating that the Russians have accused Ukraine of falsifying evidence of the atrocities they have committed throughout the invasion.
“But they’re real,” Keilar claimed while listing names of children who have died.
I have no idea how you’re keeping it together. As a mother and grandmother myself, I have to say that the rage and sadness I feel just watching your report is almost overwhelming, so I cannot imagine what it’s like to actually be there.
Hang in there, and thank you for your work
— Brandi Hammond (@teacupamazon) April 14, 2022
President Joe Biden has called the indiscriminate killing of thousands of Ukrainians genocide. His assessment was echoed by former President Donald Trump. Biden has also labeled Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal and has promised military aid to Ukraine.
Keilar is one of many reporters on the ground in the war-torn country. CNN has sent a number of its top journalists to report on the war.
Fox News also had a reporter named Benjamin Hall seriously wounded while in Ukraine. Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed in the attack as well.
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