A Russian air strike severely damaged a maternity and paediatric hospital in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Wednesday (March 9), injuring more than 17, local official Pavlo Kyrylenko revealed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to Twitter and shared a video clip showing the immense destruction at the large medical complex, which also showed blown-out windows and internal walls ripped out. He also accused that this was caused by a "direct strike by Russian troops", with numerous adults and children being stuck "under the wreckage".
Zelenskyy Condemns Mariupol Hospital Bombings
"So far there are 17 wounded personnel of the hospital," the head of the southeastern Donetsk region, Kyrylenko, stated afterwards in a video posted on Facebook. Furthermore, he also revealed that "so far no kids were wounded" and there have been "no deaths".
Speaking on the airstrike by the Russian forces in Mariupol, Kyrylenko said that the attack "literally destroyed" a maternity hospital in the city centre that included a paediatric division.
Furthermore, he also claimed that a Russian pilot evidently knew where the bomb would be landing.
Right after Zelenskyy shared the on-ground footage from the bombed hospital, people joined voices to criticise and point out the barbaric attack by the Russian army on innocent civilians in Ukraine.
The Battle For Mariupol
On the Azov Sea in southeastern Ukraine, Mariupol is heavily surrounded by Russian forces, who have been bombing the city relentlessly despite assurances of a ceasefire to evacuate local civilians.
Kyrylenko and the city authorities posted videos where the ground evacuation footage of the hospital showed a woman on a stretcher and another being helped by two men as she walked out. It also showed a massive crater in the yard of the bombed hospital, with branches snapped from trees and burning vehicles, while cladding had been ripped from the building's facade.
Zelensky condemned the attack as an "atrocity" and called again for a no-fly zone to be imposed over the country. NATO has refused to do this. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the attack, saying: "There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless."
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