War in Ukraine: 4-year-old girl killed in Russian rocket attack is buried – with unwitting mother still in hospital | World news

The distraught family of a four-year-old girl who died in a rocket attack in Ukraine attended her funeral – while her unwitting mother was in intensive care.

Liza Dmytrieva died in the Russian bombing of the central city of Vinnytsia on Thursday. The blast left her mother, Iryna, in an intensive care unit in a “serious condition”.

The family had not told her on Sunday that Liza was being buried, fearing it could affect her condition.

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The couple were on their way to see a speech therapist who treated Liza, who had Down syndrome. when they were caught in the blast.

At least 24 other people were killed, including two boys aged seven and eight, and more than 200 were injured.

In Vinnytsia’s 18th-century Transfiguration Cathedral, the little girl was buried on Sunday with a crown of white flowers.

‘Look, my flower! Look how many people came up to you,” whispered her grandmother, Larysa Dmytryshyna, as she stroked the girl as she lay in an open coffin with flowers and teddy bears next to her.

Liza’s father, Artem Dmytriev, stood silently crying.

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A woman carries a portrait of Liza, a 4-year-old girl killed by a Russian attack, at a funeral ceremony in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Liza wore a blue denim jacket with flowers and was one of 23 kill.  including two boys aged 7 and 8 in Thursday's rocket attack in Vinnytsia.  Her mother, Iryna Dmytrieva, was one of the injured.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A woman carries a portrait of Liza at the funeral. Photo: AP

According to the Associated Press, Orthodox priest Vitalii Holoskevych also cried.

He said in a trembling voice, ‘Because every funeral is sorrow for each of us. We lose our brothers and sisters.

“We know that evil cannot win.”

When the war started, the family fled from Kiev, the capital, to Vinnytsia in the southwest, which was considered relatively safe until Thursday.

Russia had concentrated on the eastern Donbas region but has begun pounding other sites in an effort to gain territory from Ukraine crushing the morale of its leaders, civilians and troops as the war approaches the five-month mark.

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The cruise missile attacks on Vinnytsia were launched by a Russian submarine and were the latest incidents to have claimed civilian lives and sparked international outrage since President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on February 24.

Shortly before the explosions began, the family had posted a video on social media showing Liza struggling to get to the wheel to push her own pram as she merrily strolls through the city dressed in a denim jacket and white pants.

The damaged stroller shortly after the Russian attack (Photo: State Emergency Service)
Photo: Emergency Service Ukraine

After the Russian rocket attack, Ukrainian emergency services shared photos of her lifeless body on the ground next to her blood-stained pram.

The videos and photos have gone viral, the latest footage of the brutal war in Ukraine to horrify the world.

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