The devastating picture that sums up Putin's disregard for human life

People stand by a rocket crater next to a child playground in central Kyiv on October 10, 2022 after Ukraine's capital was hit by multiple Russian strikes early on today, the first since late June. - The head of the Ukrainian military said that Russian forces launched at least 75 missiles at Ukraine, with fatal strikes targeting the capital Kyiv, and cities in the south and west. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
People in Kyiv take photos of a crater next to a playground where a Russian missile strike hit on Monday morning. (Getty)

An image of a huge crater just metres from a destroyed children's playground in central Kyiv has become the latest symbol of the devastation wreaked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The picture, taken by photographer Sergei Supinsky on Monday after Russian missile strikes on a number of Ukrainian cities, shows people gathered around its edge.

Human rights organisations Amnesty International said the carnage captured in the photograph was a "stark symbol" of the "disregard for human life" that has defined Russia's invasion.

Monday's attack by Russia on several Ukrainian cities left at least 11 dead and 64 injured.

Vladimir Putin said it was launched in retaliation for an explosion on a bridge linking Russia to Crimea, an attack he called a "terrorist act".

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But Amnesty International accused Putin of attempting to "spread terror" with the strikes, which appeared to target civilian areas.

Its secretary general, Agnès Callamard, said: “This is yet another day of petrifying news from Ukraine, with Russia launching multiple strikes that hit residential areas, city centres and civilian infrastructure.

“The crater left by a Russian missile in the middle of children’s playground in central Kyiv is a stark symbol of the complete disregard for human life that has characterised Russia’s invasion.

“The ultimate goal of today’s attacks is to spread terror among the entire civilian population.

“Russia must immediately stop its war of aggression. All those responsible for the aggression and war crimes - including commanders and civilian leaders such as ministers and heads of state - should be held criminally responsible for their actions.”

Russian state television news claimed the strike at a children's playground in Kyiv was carried out by Ukrainian air defence systems.

KYIV, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 10: Emergency service personnel attend to the site of a blast next to a childrens playground in a park on October 10, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. This morning's explosions, which came shortly after 8:00 local time, were the largest such attacks in the capital in months. (Photo by Ed Ram/Getty Images)
Emergency service personnel at the site of a blast next to a children's playground in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday. (Getty Images)
KYIV, UKRAINE - 2022/10/10: Municipal workers clear the damaged playground after a Russian missile attack in central Kyiv. Explosions have been reported in several districts of the Ukrainian capital. At least 11 people died and dozens injured as a result of Russian rocket attacks targeting cities across Ukraine. (Photo by Oleksii Chumachenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Workers clear a damaged playground after a Russian missile attack in central Kyiv on Monday. (Getty Images)
KYIV, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 11: People look at the crater left by a missile strike on a playground in Taras Shevchenko Park the day before on October 11, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukraine's emergency services said that 19 people were killed across the country yesterday in a widespread Russian attack on major cities, including the capital. (Photo by Ed Ram/Getty Images)
A crater from a Russian missile strike next to a playground in central Kyiv, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

Kyiv was targeted for the first time in months, while Russia also hit civilian areas and energy infrastructure across the country, from Kharkiv in the east to Lviv near the Polish border.

Prime minister Liz Truss and her counterparts in the G7 will hold a virtual meeting later on Tuesday, in which she is expected to tell fellow leaders to "stay the course" in the battle against Putin.

The video call will also be attended by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke to Truss and other world leaders on Monday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via a video link in Saint Petersburg on October 10, 2022. (Photo by Gavriil GRIGOROV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
Russian president Vladimir Putin at a security council meeting in Saint Petersburg on Monday. (AFP via Getty Images)
Damaged building near a site of a Russian missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine October 10, 2022 (Photo by Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Kyiv was targeted by Russia for the first time in months on Monday. (Getty Images)

Elsewhere, the head of the UK"s GCHQ intelligence agency has said that Putin's regime is becoming increasingly "desperate" as it runs short of weapons, allies and troops.

Sir Jeremy Fleming told the BBC: “We believe that Russia is running short of munitions, it’s certainly running short of friends and we have seen, because of the declaration for mobilisation, that it is running short of troops.”

Asked if GCHQ would know if Putin was considering using nuclear weapons, Sir Jeremy said: “I think any talk of nuclear weapons is very dangerous and we need to be very careful about how we are talking about that."

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