Ukraine: Children’s hospital in kyiv hit by large-scale Russian airstrike

On Monday, July 8, a large part of Ukraine was the target of several Russian missile strikes, announcement CNN. According to the American channel’s website, at least 29 people died in “this rare air attack carried out in broad daylight” against the cities of kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

“According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, nine people were killed in the country’s capital, and 23 were injured,” she says. In Kryvyi Rih, local authorities say that at least 10 people died and 37 were injured, while in the Donetsk region at least three people were killed. In terms of material damage, several buildings were damaged.

Among them: Ohmatdyt children’s hospital in kyiv, where the number of victims remains uncertain. “Part of the hospital was destroyed, and there was a fire in another place,” explains pediatrician Lesia Lysytsia to the American media. She says “to have had the impression ofto be in a movie’ at the time the missile hit the hospital.” According to her, there would also have been “a loud flash, accompanied by a horrible noise.”

“One of the worst attacks” against kyiv

Shortly after the bombing, “a desperate search and rescue operation,” during which “Civilians formed a chain to help remove the rubble brick by brick,” was launched near the building, assures himself The New York Times. Several rooms used by the intensive care and surgery departments were reportedly destroyed, as was the oncology department.

According to CNNbuilding “was of crucial importance because it welcomed children with serious illnesses who came from all over the country.” The American channel adds:

“According to Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets, around 7,000 surgical procedures are performed in the hospital each year, particularly for the treatment of cancer and blood diseases.”

The attack, according to kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, “one of the worst attacks” launched against the city since the beginning of the war. While Russia assured that it had only targeted military infrastructure, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskycondemned the attack, calling on the international community to “finally put an end to Russian strikes.” This Monday, July 8, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modiis in Russia, where he is scheduled to make a two-day state visit.

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