Kyiv, June 2 (UNI) Toys were strapped to seats of empty school buses in Ukrainian city Lviv in memory of the 243 children who were killed during the ongoing conflict with Russia that entered its 100th day on Thursday.
City’s Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said the installation represented the fact that “243 Ukrainian children will never go on a field trip by bus”.
The western Ukrainian city commemorated the event with the title “excursion that will never happen”.
The city’s memorial featured empty school buses with stuffed toys strapped to seats to represent each of the 243 children so far claimed to be lost in the war, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
The event took place in Rynok Squar, central market of the city. The streets were littered with signs saying “Caution! Children!” as a protest against the violation of children’s rights during the war, The Guardian reported.
While making note of International Children’s Day during his nightly video address to the nation on Wednesday, Zelensky said that since the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict started on February 24, Emergency Services had reported 243 children as killed while 446 injured and 139 missing . Zelensky also claimed that 200,000 children were forcibly taken to Russia.
The Ukrainian President said: “The purpose of this criminal policy is not just to steal people but to make those who are deported forget about Ukraine and unable to return. Ukraine cannot be conquered, our people will not surrender and our children will not become the property of the occupiers (sic).”