February 8, 2023

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Russian missile hits maternity ward, killing newborns, Ukraine says

A Russian missile hit the maternity ward of a hospital in southern Ukraine overnight, killing a newborn boy and injuring his mother, Ukrainian authorities said on Wednesday, describing an episode that further fueled national outrage over Russian attacks on civilians during the nine-month war Has.

Rescue workers pulled the boy’s mother and a doctor from the rubble of a two-storey building in the city of Vilniansk in the Zaporizhia region, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service, which released video footage of the rescue efforts.

“Sorrow fills our hearts,” said Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the regional administration, via the messaging app Telegram.

Photos taken by Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, showed emergency workers approaching a two-story building at night. The windows had been blown out, and fragments of wall and planks were sticking out of the holes.

A Video posted on Twitter from the Ukrainian Army High Command showed rescue workers digging with their hands to recover a man buried in rubble from the waist down. A rescue worker gave the man, who appeared to be wearing a green coat, water. The New York Times has confirmed the authenticity of the photos and video.

Responding to the attack, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine wrote on Telegram: “The enemy has decided again to use terror and murder to try to achieve what it has been unable and will not achieve for 9 months. Instead, he will only be held accountable for all the evil he has brought upon our country.”

Ukrainian authorities said an S-300 missile hit the building. Moscow has escalated its attacks on civilian targets and energy infrastructure across the country in recent weeks as it suffered a string of battlefield casualties. But Zaporizhia, which is at the forefront, has been battered for months.

Attacks on maternity wards and hospitals in Ukraine have expressed distaste for the Russian invasion. In March, at least 17 people were injured when Russian troops attacked a hospital and maternity ward just before the start of a siege that devastated the southern city of Mariupol. In total, more than 600 health facilities across Ukraine have been hit, according to the World Health Organization.

At least 437 children are among more than 8,300 civilians killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February, the country’s Attorney General Andriy Kostin said on Saturday. He said more than 11,000 civilians were injured.

In a report released on November 14, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said 408 children were among the 6,557 people killed since the invasion began. Both Ukrainian authorities and the United Nations say the true numbers are “certainly higher”. United Nations data showed March had been the deadliest month of the conflict.

According to Tymoshenko, at least seven civilians have been killed and 23 others injured in Ukraine since Tuesday. Among the dead were two people in the Kherson region in the south of the country and two others in Kharkiv in the north-east, he said.

“A 13-year-old boy died driving with his father from the church where they were hiding from shelling,” Yaroslav Yanushevich, head of the Kherson regional military administration, told Ukrainian television. “The child was injured by a cluster projectile and died in the hospital at night.”

He said another boy in the area lost an arm when he was hit by shrapnel, while another was injured in the abdomen. He did not provide any further information about the attacks.