(PatriotWise.com)- According to initial reports last Friday, a children’s hospital in Ukraine came under Russian artillery fire reportedly killing a six-year-old patient and injury two others. But later reports revealed that this claim was Fake News.
The Kyiv Independent, which has been denounced for spreading misinformation about the Russian invasion, had initially claimed that Russian artillery hit the Ukraine National Specialized Children’s Hospital in Melitopol, killing a 6-year-old boy with cancer.
However, NBC News later reported that the hospital itself was not hit by artillery fire and the child killed wasn’t a cancer patient at the hospital, but one of the casualties who had been rushed to the hospital after the nearby attack.
The press manager for the hospital told NBC News that the other three adults and two children who were brought to the hospital survived and were being treated for their injuries.
This is the problem with news coming out of Ukraine right now. So much of what is being reported is inaccurate, misleading, or flat-out false.
On Thursday, breathless reports emerged that Russian troops caused a fire at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and radiation had been detected. In a video statement, President Zelensky warned that Russia was trying to create another Chernobyl and urged Western leaders to take action.
But Friday morning, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a statement confirming that Russian forces took control of the plant, but adding none of its six reactors had been affected by the fire and no radioactive material had been released.
The Ukraine government claimed this week that over 2,000 civilians had been killed in Russian attacks so far. However, the UN human rights office reported that the total number of civilian deaths was 227 with another 525 civilians injured.
While it isn’t as big a number as Ukraine claims, it’s still a lot of civilian deaths.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the current civilian death toll in Ukraine has already eclipsed the total civilian casualty count from the 2014 conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine which left 136 civilians dead and another 577 wounded.