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Zelenskyy vows revenge after Russian forces murder fleeing mother, 2 children: 'We will find every bastard' who attacked our people

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'There will be no quiet place on this Earth for you, except for the grave'

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In an impassioned address following the death of a mother and her two children who were attempting to flee a battle zone, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to hunt down "every bastard" who has attacked his people during Russia's unprovoked invasion.

What are the details?

News of the Ukrainian family's tragic death spread online over the weekend as snapshots poured in depicting Russia's assault on civilians attempting to cross a damaged bridge near the Irpin River as the fighting moved closer to their homes.

Photos and video obtained by the New York Times and others showed mortar fire hit the bridge as families ran across, killing four people: A mother, her teenage son and 8-year-old daughter, and a male family member.

Zelenskyy raged against the heinous attack on Sunday.

"A family was killed in Irpin today. A man, a woman, and two children. Right on the road, when they were just trying to get out of town, to escape," the president said, according to the Guardian. "The whole family. How many such families have died in Ukraine! We will not forgive. We will not forget."

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"We will punish everyone who committed atrocities in this war. On our land. We will find every bastard. Which shot at our cities, our people. Which bombed our land. Which launched rockets. Which gave the order and pressed 'start,'" Zelenskyy continued.

"There will be no quiet place on this Earth for you, except for the grave," he threatened.

What else?

Elsewhere in the broadcast, Zelenskyy reportedly called on the west to do more to aid Ukraine as his people suffer under Russian atrocities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to deny reports that his military is targeting civilian populations, but reports showing otherwise have surfaced frequently since the start of the invasion.

That latest attack on the damaged bridge connecting Irpin to Kyiv constituted an obvious murder, according to the Ukrainian leader. For days, families in Irpin and surrounding towns have been milling around the bridge, which has served as a last line of escape from areas where Russian troops are pressing in on the capital.

Multiple outlets reported that an attack on the bridge could not have been anything other than a targeted civilian attack.

"This is murder. Deliberate murder. And I have not heard a reaction from any world leader today," Zelenskyy said during the Sunday broadcast, the New York Post reported.

He added that the "audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal that sanctions against Russia are not enough."

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