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Newborns die as Ukraine maternity hospital strikes

Newborns die as Ukraine maternity hospital strikes


A captured Russian tank opens fire
A captured Russian tank opens fire

A newborn baby was killed when a rocket hit the maternity ward of a hospital in southern Ukraine overnight.

Ukrainian authorities said the child’s mother and a doctor had survived among the rubble in the city of Vilniarsk.

The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian-made.

The strikes add to the horrific toll on hospitals and other medical facilities as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its 10th month.

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Blood stains on sandals after Russia attacked Kherson in southern Ukraine (AP)

Patients and staff at health facilities have been on the front line from the start, including an airstrike on March 9 that destroyed a maternity hospital in the now-occupied port city of Mariupol.

Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on the Telegram messaging app: “In the evening Russian monsters fired huge rockets at the small maternity ward of Vilniask Hospital.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief – a newborn baby has been killed. Rescuers are on the scene.”

Photos he posted showed thick smoke rising from above the piles of rubble as emergency workers cleared it against the backdrop of a dark night sky.

The state emergency service initially said a baby was killed and a new mother and a doctor were the only ones in the ward who were pulled from the rubble.

In a follow-up post on Telegram, the service noted that the rescued woman was the mother of the newborn.



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