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Outrage over attack on children’s hospital in kyiv



There “anger” against Russia “rumble”, in the words ofAl-Jazeera, as Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital, Okhmatdyt in kyiv, was hit in a series of airstrikes launched by Moscow on Ukrainian cities on Monday, July 8.

Thirty-six people have been killed in the country, including at least two in the pediatric facility, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The Guardian indicates having seen “Many young cancer patients in distress during evacuation” from the children’s hospital, “some barely clothed and with medical tubes still attached to them”.

The time the missile hit the building was “like in a movie” with a “great light, then a horrible sound”, said Lesia Lysytsia, a doctor at the hospital, near BBC. “Part of the hospital was destroyed and another part was burned down. It’s really badly damaged – maybe 60 to 70 percent of the hospital.”she added.

Convictions

kyiv and Western and UN leaders condemned the massive attack, “one of the deadliest of this year”reports the British channel, while“an unknown number of people” could be trapped under the rubble of the hospital.

At a press conference in Warsaw, where he is visiting, Volodymyr Zelensky demanded from the West a “stronger response” to Russia, and the convening of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he strongly condemned the strikes. “particularly shocking” against the children’s hospital and another medical facility.

Russia, “which targeted civilian infrastructure throughout the war”denied any responsibility for the deaths that occurred on Monday, writing The Guardian.

In addition to the capital, the salvo of strikes hit a number of cities, “including Dnipro and Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of (President Volodymyr) Zelensky, among others”, note it Washington Post.

A context of “diplomatic duality”

THE Washington Post stresses that Monday’s missile strikes came “in a context of diplomatic duality surrounding the invasion of Ukraine by Russia”. “Mr Zelensky met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw, where the two leaders signed an agreement on security cooperation. Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Beijing, where he discussed with Chinese leader Xi Jinping efforts to secure a ceasefire in Ukraine.”

“Mr Orban’s diplomatic blitz, which has stopped in kyiv and Moscow, has drawn criticism from Ukraine’s Western allies, who fear that a halt in fighting could give Russian forces an opportunity to regroup and mount a new offensive.”explains the American newspaper.

THE Guardian notes for his part that these strikes “highlighted the weaknesses of the country’s air defenses, on the eve of the annual summit of NATO leaders in Washington, where they are expected to announce new aid measures for Ukraine”.

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