10-year-old Ukrainian girl shot and killed by 'drunk Russian soldiers,' family says

Anastasia Stoluk, also called Nastya, died on Feb. 28 in a village located about 40 miles from Ukraine’s capital, the girl’s cousin Anya Stoluk told The Times

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A Ukrainian teenage boy had allegedly fired a gun into the air that day, and Russian soldiers reportedly responded by shooting at houses in the village of Shybene.

Anastasia Stoluk, also called Nastya, died on Feb. 28 in a village located about 40 miles from Ukraine’s capital

Anastasia Stoluk, also called Nastya, died on Feb. 28 in a village located about 40 miles from Ukraine’s capital (Family Handout)

“The soldiers heard [the teenager firing the gun] but since they were so drunk they didn’t know where it was from, so they just started shooting everywhere they could see,” Vera Dmitrienko, Stoluk’s mother, told The Times. 

“[The Russian soldiers] looted all the stores, of course they got a lot of alcohol … and got drunk and started shooting.”

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Dmitrienko said the soldiers fired into the girl’s house as she was there with her uncle and died “immediately.”

The soldiers allegedly prevented Nastya’s mother from visiting the local cemetery, and the young girl was buried in the backyard.