Strike on Ukrainian maternity hospital kills newborn

On this photograph offered by the Zaporizhzhia area navy administration, Ukrainian firefighters work at broken hospital maternity ward in Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia area, Ukraine, on November 23, 2022.
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An in a single day rocket assault struck a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine, killing a new child child, Ukrainian authorities mentioned on November 23. The infant’s mom and a physician had been pulled alive from the rubble. The area’s Governor mentioned the rockets had been Russian.

The strike in Vilniansk, near the town of Zaporizhzhia, provides to the ugly toll suffered by hospitals and different medical amenities — and their sufferers and workers — within the Russian invasion getting into its tenth month this week.

They’ve been within the firing line from the outset, together with a March 9 airstrike that destroyed a maternity hospital within the now-occupied port metropolis of Mariupol.

“At night time, Russian monsters launched large rockets on the small maternity ward of the hospital in Vilniansk. Grief overwhelms our hearts — a child was killed who had simply seen the sunshine of day. Rescuers are working on the website,” mentioned the regional Governor, Oleksandr Starukh, writing on the Telegram messaging app.

Photographs he posted present thick smoke rising above mounds of rubble, being combed by emergency employees towards the backdrop of a darkish night time sky.

The State Emergency Service initially mentioned a child was killed and {that a} new mom and a physician had been pulled from the rubble, and that they had been the one individuals within the ward on the time. The service laid out in a follow-up publish on Telegram that the rescued girl was the new child’s mom. It mentioned the two-storey constructing was destroyed.

Vilniansk is within the Ukrainian-held north of the Zaporizhzhia area and is about 500KM (300 miles) southeast of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. Different elements of Zaporizhzhia are Russian-held and it’s one in every of 4 Ukrainian areas that Russia illegally annexed in September after internationally condemned sham referendums.

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