Russian strikes in Ukraine kill dozens, hit largest children’s hospital News
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Russian strikes in Ukraine kill dozens, hit largest children’s hospital

Russian missile attacks on Ukraine killed dozens of people, injured hundreds, and damaged the country’s largest children’s hospital, UN and Ukrainian officials announced Monday.

A wave of deadly strikes occurred during the early hours of Monday morning. Numerous commercial and residential buildings along with vehicles in large cities including Dnipro, Kramatorsk, Kryviy Rih, Kyiv and Pokrovsk were damaged, which led to the death of at least 36 and injuries to no less than 140 people. In addition, Kyiv’s Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital was damaged with at least 16 injured, including children and medical staff, and two adults dead.

Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv is the largest multidisciplinary children’s hospital in Ukraine. It became one of the most important hospitals in the country since the start of Russia’s invasion in February of 2022 by providing scarce laboratory and resuscitation services. Five buildings of the hospital, in which the departments of oncology, toxicology, traumatology, surgery and oncohematology were located, were damaged during the fire. Children are now being evacuated to other hospitals in the city, as there is currently no light, water supply, or oxygen available in Okhmatdyt.

Casualty figures are not yet final as the rubble is still being searched. July 9 was declared a day of mourning in Kyiv and Kryvyi Rih.

Denise Brown, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, commenting on missile attacks insisted: “It is unconscionable that children are killed and injured in this war. Under international humanitarian law, hospitals have special protection. Civilians must be protected.”

In the period from March 1 to May 31, 2024, a minimum of 436 civilians died and an additional 1,760 were wounded in Ukraine due to increased shelling by Russian forces, as documented in the recent report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. Among those affected were six individuals working in media, 26 in healthcare, five in humanitarian aid, and 28 in emergency services.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during a press conference that Ukraine will convene a meeting of the UN Security Council, which is currently chaired by the Russian Federation, because of the attack.