Russian strike on Ukrainian hospital kills newborn

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A member of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps rests next to a howitzer, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine March 28, 2022. Picture taken March 28, 2022. REUTERS/Stanislav Yurchenko
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A Russian missile strike has killed a newborn baby on a maternity unit in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region, emergency services have disclosed on Wednesday.

The mother of the baby, who was the only woman in the facility at the time, and a doctor were rescued from the rubble.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of bringing “terror and murder” to his country.

Reports say, the Zaporizhzhia region, where a key nuclear plant is located, has been the focus of repeated Russian attacks.

Ukrainian emergency services said the Russian missiles struck the maternity ward of a hospital in the Ukraine-held town of Vilnyansk, close to the frontline, overnight.

Although the area is held by Ukraine, the whole Zaporizhzhia region is claimed by Russia after self-styled referendums in September.

In a related development on Wednesday, Ukrainian officials said two people were killed in shelling on a residential building in Kupiansk – a town in the Kharkiv region which was retaken by Ukrainian forces in September.

Speaking after both attacks, President Zelensky accused Russia of trying “to achieve with terror and murder what it wasn’t able to achieve for nine months” on the battlefield.

 

 

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