Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lamented the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, offering his condolences to the families of the victims as he leads his country's resistance to Russia’s war after it invaded in late February.
“Deeply saddened by the news of the murder of innocent children in Texas,” Zelensky tweeted. “Sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the people of the US and [the president] over this tragedy. The people of Ukraine share the pain of the relatives and friends of the victims and all Americans.”
Deeply saddened by the news of the murder of innocent children in Texas. Sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the people of the US and @POTUS over this tragedy. The people of Ukraine share the pain of the relatives and friends of the victims and all Americans.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 25, 2022
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The comments come in response to a mass shooting a Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left at least 21 dead, including 19 children and two teachers, in addition to the shooter, who was killed on the scene by law enforcement officials.
Other Ukrainian officials offered their support in statements on Wednesday, with Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign affairs minister, saying the country understands the United States's pain.
“Horrible news from Uvalde, Texas,” he tweeted. “Our deepest sympathy is with the victims and their families. As a nation that goes through the pain of losing innocent young lives, Ukraine shares the pain of our U.S. friends.”
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At least 259 children have been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, and another 402 have been injured, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
All 19 of the children killed in a shooting at the Texas elementary school were in the same fourth grade classroom, according to a state public safety official. The incident is the second-deadliest school shooting to occur in the U.S. since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.