The Papers: ‘Putin’s inhumanity’ as civilians in Ukraine killed

The Papers: ‘Putin’s inhumanity’ as civilians in Ukraine killed

By BBC News


Warning: Some of the front pages include distressing images.

Image caption, Many of the front page focus on the escalating Russian attacks on Ukraine’s two biggest cities – Kyiv and Kharkiv. The i says a “frustrated” Moscow is changing its tactics to strike residential targets, with dozens killed and hundreds wounded.

Image caption, The Metro’s headline quotes a doctor who fought in vain to save a six-year-old girl who was caught in the shelling of flats in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. “Show this to Putin – the eyes of this child and crying doctors,” he told a video journalist who witnessed the scene.

Image caption, The Daily Telegraph leads with the same quote, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of war crimes and the indiscriminate shelling of Ukrainian cities. It says Monday saw the deadliest attacks on civilians since the start of the invasion, including claims Moscow had deployed cluster munitions in dense urban areas of Kharkiv.

Image caption, “Fight for the innocents” is the headline for the Daily Mirror, which uses the same picture of the six-year-old girl being treated by a paramedic. The paper calls President Putin a “coward”, saying the girl is one of 16 children to die at Russia’s hands.

Image caption, The Daily Express brands the situation “monstrous” and says the “heartbreaking image” exposes “the brutal reality of Putin’s senseless war”. A woman – who the paper says is thought to be the girl’s mother – waits helplessly in the foreground as the doctor tries to save the girl’s life.

Image caption, Meanwhile, the Sun pictures a 10-year-old girl, Polina, who was shot dead with her parents when their car was attacked by Russian saboteurs in Kyiv. “How many children must die, Putin?” the paper asks.

Image caption, The Times quotes Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who describes the Russian strikes against innocent civilians as “barbaric” and has pledged more military aid for Ukraine. Amnesty International is among the organisations to call for an investigation into war crimes, the paper reports, while the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor is seeking approval to look into crimes against humanity, the paper reports.

Image caption, The Daily Mail contrasts what it calls the “inhumanity” of President Putin with the generosity of its readers, who have raised £1.2m for Ukrainian refugees in just two days. The paper says there has been a “dramatic escalation of hostilities” in Ukraine and pictures a fireball lighting up the sky above the capital Kyiv following an explosion.

Image caption, The Guardian suggests that the Kremlin, having failed to land a knockout blow in the first days of the war, is now “prepared to use more desperate measures”. It says rocket attacks on Monday killed dozens of civilians in Kharkiv, while several detonations were also reported in Kyiv – although it notes Russian forces have yet to take any major Ukrainian city.

Image caption, The intense bombardment of Kharkiv came hours after Russian markets were rocked by what the Financial Times describes as “an unprecedented wave of Western sanctions”. The rouble fell 20% against the US dollar, while citizens formed long queues to withdraw money from cash machines in Russia, the paper reports.

Image caption, The Daily Star says President Putin’s war is “not going totally to plan”. The paper has pictures of a tractor towing away a Russian army tank, which it says was stolen by a farmer.

A photograph of a paramedic trying to help a dying six-year-old girl who was hit by a shell in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is on the front of many of the papers.

A desperate woman – who is thought to be her mother – waits helplessly by the ambulance. “Show this to Putin” is the main headline on the Telegraph and the Metro, as they quote the doctor who was unable to save the girl’s life.

The Times describes her as a “tragic symbol” of the children trapped in Ukraine, as the Russian president orders attacks on civilians.

The Daily Mirror says Vladimir Putin thinks he is a “tough guy”, but he is actually a “coward” who “kills little girls in slippers and unicorn pyjamas”. The Daily Express has the simple headline, “Monstrous”.

Image source, Getty Images

Image caption, Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, is under attack from Russian forces

The Sun’s front page features a large photograph of Polina – a 10-year-old who was killed with her parents when her family’s car came under attack in Kyiv.

The paper says at least 16 children have been killed in the war so far. It asks: “How many children must die, Putin?”

“Putin bombs civilians” is the stark headline on the front of the i, as it reports that dozens of people have been killed and hundreds wounded in rocket strikes by Russian forces.

The Guardian says Russia’s widespread use of weapons such as multiple rocket launchers in Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, suggests that the Kremlin is prepared to resort to more desperate methods, having failed to land a “knockout blow” in the first days of the war.

The Independent online newspaper focuses on the fears of Western allies that the “frustrated” Russian president could turn to more “indiscriminate fire”. The Financial Times quotes an unnamed Western official, who is concerned that such action would lead to an increase in civilian casualties.

Elsewhere, the Mirror reports that SAS veterans are joining Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion – in an operation being financed by an unnamed European country, via a private firm. The paper says a dozen veterans are already there and another dozen are heading out this week.

The Sun claims Britons are “signing up in droves”, with builders, brickies, and a 60-year-old former Army reservist among those heading to Ukraine’s embassy in London to volunteer.

According to the Times, Whitehall officials are scrambling to determine the government’s policy, after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she supported British people going to Ukraine.

The Times says her comments contradicted official travel advice and raised questions about whether those who go to fight could be charged with terrorism offences on their return.

Writing in the Telegraph, Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defence Committee, says the details of the “atrocities” committed in Ukraine must not be lost in the “fog of war”.

He says war crimes have already been committed and an independent agency should be funded and empowered to gather all the potential evidence for legal action to be taken at the International Court of Justice.

The Daily Mail contrasts what it calls the “sheer barbarity” of President Putin with the generosity of its readers. Its appeal to help Ukrainian refugees has exceeded £1m in two days.

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