Children’s Hospital Bombed; 20 Dead


( – In one of the deadliest air strikes in months, Russia launched missiles at cities across Ukraine in broad daylight, killing at least 29 people and badly damaging Kyiv’s main children’s hospital.

Officials reported that hundreds of people rushed to clear debris at the hospital, where windows were shattered, and panels ripped off. Parents holding babies stood outside, dazed and crying after the unusual daylight attack.

33-year-old mother Svitlana Kravchenko said, “It was scary. I couldn’t breathe, I was trying to cover (my baby). I was trying to cover him with this cloth so that he could breathe.”

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia fired more than 40 missiles, damaging buildings and infrastructure in Kyiv, his home city of Kryvyi Rih, the central city of Dnipro, and two eastern cities.

Moreover, authorities stated ten people were killed and 35 wounded in the main wave of attacks on Kyiv. Some two hours later, debris from another missile attack hit a different hospital in Kyiv, killing four more and injuring three more.

“The whole world must act as decisively as it can to put an end to Russian air strikes. Murder – this is what Putin brings. Only together we can achieve true peace and security,” Zelenskiy wrote on Telegram.

Likewise, the Russian Defence Ministry said its forces had carried out strikes on defense industry targets and aviation bases in Ukraine.

On the contrary, Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, although its attacks have killed thousands of civilians since it launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022.

The attack came a day before leaders of NATO countries were due to begin a three-day summit of the military alliance, which Zelenskiy is expected to attend with the war in Ukraine as one of the focuses.

In addition, Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said Ukraine still lacked enough air defenses and urged Kyiv’s allies to supply more systems promptly to help protect its cities and infrastructure from regular Russian aerial attacks.

The power grid has already sustained so much damage from targeted Russian air strikes that began in March that electricity cuts have become widespread and the whirring sound of backup power generators in the streets has become common.

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