Ukraine crisis: Russian troops 'will be dog food'_freckle removal bristol

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Service members of pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia drive an armoured vehicle in the separatist-controlled settlement of Rybinskoye during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Donetsk region, Ukraine March 5, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Service members of pro-Russian troops drive an armoured vehicle in the separatist-controlled settlement of Rybinskoye in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. (Reuters)

As the war in Ukraine rages on, a defiant Ukrainian General has sent out a stark warning to Russian troops entering the country.

Vladimir Putin's soldiers in Mykolaiv, a key staging post for control of the Black Sea, have been met with fierce resistance, putting an early end to Russia’s attempt at advancing.

General Dmytro Marchenko, of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, has now told The Times that Ukrainian resistance is not phased by Russian soldiers continuing with their bombardment.

He said: “It’s unpleasant to say this but their corpses are food for stray dogs.

“We’re not able to retrieve them because of continuing Russian fire in those areas.”

A view shows a residential building damaged by shelling, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, in this handout picture released March 7, 2022.  Press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A residential building damaged by shelling, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Reuters)

Marchenko insisted that Ukrainian troops “won’t shoot any Russian soldiers who give up” but warned: “The rest of them will become dog food.”

While troops have been forced to a retreat in Mykolaiv, Vladimir Putin continues his deadly onslaught in other parts of the country – including striking at maternity hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the strike as an “atrocity” and reiterated his call to Western nations to impose a no-fly zone.

Watch: Mykolaiv mayor gives update on his besieged city

Boris Johnson described the attach as “depraved” and said the UK was considering more support for Ukraine to defend itself against airstrikes.

Mariupol deputy mayor Sergei Orlov said this morning that at least three people had been killed in the strike, including a six-year-old child.

Around 17 people were reportedly injured in the strike against the hospital, where the vast majority of patients are pregnant women – many of whom were in labour.

A person is carried out after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 in this still image from a handout video obtained by Reuters. Ukraine Military/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A person is carried out after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Reuters)
A car burns after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 in this still image from a handout video obtained by Reuters. Ukraine Military/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A car burns after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital, in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Reuters)

Defence minister James Heappey accused Russia of committing a war crime by striking the hospital, telling BBC Breakfast this morning: “We ask ourselves the question how did this happen? Was it an indiscriminate use of artillery or missiles into a built-up area, or was a hospital explicitly targeted?

“Both are equally despicable, both, as the Ukrainians have pointed out, would amount to a war crime.”

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