Ukraine Kids Killed in War Memorialized With Empty Strollers, Car Seats

A display of over 100 strollers and car seats has been set up as a memorial in the center of the city of Lviv that officials say is meant to honor the children who have been killed in the weeks since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

The Prosecutor General's Office has reported at least 109 children who have died during the invasion with at least 130 others wounded, according to The Kyiv Independent.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations that soldiers have attacked civilian buildings or civilians themselves as photo and video evidence of such attacks and reports of wounded or killed civilians and journalists have mounted in the weeks after the February 24 invasion.

"We have 109 children who are like angels, and they have closed the sky as angels because there is no respective decision to close the sky over Ukraine," said Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, at a Friday press conference. "That's why we are doing this with our bodies."

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Over 100 empty strollers were placed outside the Lviv city council building on March 18, 2022, to highlight the number of children killed in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Alexey Furman/Getty Images

The memorial, which is titled "The Price of War," will remain in Lviv near city hall as the war goes on, and will be updated as necessary if more children are harmed, a mayor's office spokesperson told Business Insider.

Ukrainian officials also said that at least 439 educational buildings have been bombed or shelled during the war, with dozens of buildings completely destroyed.

"These data are not conclusive due to the inability to inspect the sites where active hostilities are taking place and in the temporarily occupied territories," a translated statement from Ukrainian officials said.

The statement also alleged that Russian forces shelled a Ukrainian village early Thursday morning, and a mother reportedly died protecting her 4-year-old child, who was also injured in the shelling.

"This is an exhibit that has been set up to send a message and to demonstrate a very powerful point," CNN international correspondent Scott McLean said in a Friday appearance on CNN Newsroom.

McLean said that the city has been comparatively peaceful and unharmed during most of Russia's invasion and that an air raid siren went off early Friday morning, with two missiles intercepted midair and four others hitting a building near an airport.

It is unclear whether the aircraft repair building impacted was the intended target. Newsweek reported earlier Friday that Mayor Sadovyi said on Telegram that no one was killed in the incident.

Update 3/18/22, 5:10 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information.

Update 3/18/22, 4:33 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information and background.