Ukrainian newborn killed in rocket attack on maternity hospital


Another Ukrainian maternity hospital has been destroyed by Russian missiles, injuring doctors and killing a newborn, heartbroken officials said Wednesday.

The night strike in Vilniansk, close to the city of Zaporizhzhia, was part of a new bombing campaign across the war-torn country, including the capital Kiev, that killed three people in a two-story building.

At night, Russian monsters launched huge missiles into the small maternity ward of the hospital in Vilniansk,” regional governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on Telegram.

“Grief overwhelms our hearts – a baby who had just seen the light of day has been killed,” he said, sharing photos of thick smoke rising from the rubble of the hospital.

“A baby who was only two days old was killed, doctors were injured, one of whom suffered severe burns,” he added in a later post.

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“Shooting hospitals and killing children is the reality of Russian terrorism.”

It was just the latest attack on a hospital as the war in Russia enters its tenth month, including the March 9 destruction of a maternity hospital in the now-occupied port city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska called the latest attack “insane”.

“Terrible pain. We will never forget and we will never forgive,” she said, offering “heartfelt condolences to the baby’s loved ones.”

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Her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensy, also shared footage of the attack, stressing that “there are probably still people under the rubble”.

“The enemy has again decided to try to achieve through terror and murder what it has not been able to achieve in 9 months of war,” he said.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, cried the attackers “terrorists” and “assholes”.

“I’m only saying one thing: we’ll retaliate,” he warned. ‘Justice will smell them by their rot. They will be held responsible for every Ukrainian life they take or break.”

The attack came as Russia rained down volleys of missiles over Ukraine on Wednesday, hitting infrastructure in the capital Kyiv and other cities as Moscow continued its campaign to shut down Ukraine’s power and heat ahead of the approaching winter.

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Air raid sirens blared in a nationwide alert, with multiple regions reporting attacks in quick succession, signaling a barrage of attacks.

Kiev city authorities said three people were killed and three injured in the capital after a Russian attack hit a two-story building.

Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko said that “one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities was hit” and that there were “several explosions in different districts” of the city, shutting off the water supply.

There were power outages in parts of Kiev, in the second largest city of Kharkiv, the western city of Lviv and in the southern region of Odessa. In Moldova, Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spinu said “we are having massive blackouts across the country” after a similar outage on Nov. 15.

The renewed barrage added further hardship to a country already suffering repeated attacks on its power grid, with Russia seemingly planning to turn the onset of winter into a weapon by attacking Ukraine’s key infrastructure from the air to pound.

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