Ukrainian boy, 7, left with severe burns and shrapnel in his head after Russian missile strike

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Ukrainian boy, 7, left with severe burns and shrapnel in his head after Russian missile strike

A seven-year-old Ukrainian boy has been left with severe burns across his body and shrapnel in his head following a Russian missile strike.

On Wednesday, Ukraine's foreign affairs minister Emine Dzheppar shared an image of Roman, who was injured on 14 July after Russian missiles struck the central city of Vinnytsia.

Ms Dzheppar said the child had severe burns covering almost half of his body - 45%.

The image shows Roman in a hospital bed, with bandages wrapped around his whole head and covering his arm.

Last Thursday, cruise missiles hit an office block and damaged nearby residential buildings, causing a huge blaze which spread to a car park and set vehicles alight.

The strikes on Vinnytsia were launched by a Russian submarine and were the latest incidents to take civilian lives in Ukraine.

At least 24 people were killed in the attack, including two boys aged seven and eight, and more than 200 were wounded.

Those killed included a four-year-old girl Liza Dmytrieva.

Liza, who had Down's syndrome, was caught in the blast alongside her mother as the pair headed to see a speech therapist.

The blast killed Liza and left her mother, Iryna, in a "grave condition" in an intensive care unit.

The images of Liza's lifeless body on the ground next to her blood-stained pram, posted by Ukraine's emergency services, went viral.

Following the attack, Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelenskyy said: "Every day, Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, and directs rockets at civilian objects . . . where there is no military".

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Ms Dzheppar added that Roman's father found out that his wife died three days ago after DNA results.

Video footage from the scene showed thick black smoke billowing from a building as emergency services tackled the blaze.

Throughout the war in Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly denied deliberately targeting civilians.

Vinnytsia is located 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the country's capital, Kyiv.

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