Funeral held for 4-year-old as Russia ramps up attacks on Ukraine

Liza Dmytrieva was killed alongside at least 23 other people in a Russian attack on Vinnytsia in central Ukraine.

Men carry a coffin during a funeral ceremony for Liza Dmytrieva in Vinnytsia [Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo]
Russian missiles hit industrial facilities at a strategic city in southern Ukraine on Sunday as a funeral was held for a four-year-old girl killed in an earlier deadly strike elsewhere in the country.

Liza Dmytrieva, who had Down syndrome, was en route to see a speech therapist with her mother when a Russian missile struck the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine on Thursday.

At least 24 people were killed, including Liza and two boys aged seven and eight. More than 200 others were wounded, including Liza’s mother, who remains in an intensive care unit in grave condition.

“I didn’t know Liza, but no person can go through this with calm,” priest Vitalii Holoskevych said, bursting into tears as Liza’s body lay in a coffin with flowers and teddy bears in the 18th-century Transfiguration Cathedral in Vinnytsia.

“We know that evil cannot win,” he said, his voice trembling, as dozens of relatives and local residents attended the funeral.

Men carry a coffin during a funeral ceremony for Liza, 4-year-old girl killed by Russian attack, in Vinnytsia, Ukraine

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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