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Russian missile strike hits Ukrainian children's hospital, claiming over 20 lives

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Annesha Barua -- July 08th 2024 05:24 PM
Russian missile strike hits Ukrainian children's hospital, claiming over 20 lives

Russian missile strike hits Ukrainian children's hospital, claiming over 20 lives

PTC News Desk: On Monday, Russian missiles attacked a children's hospital in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, killing at least seven people. Meanwhile, another attack in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih claimed the lives of at least ten people.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, the Russian bombardment of five Ukrainian cities with more than 40 missiles of various types damaged public infrastructure and residential complexes.

Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported that at least 20 people had died and about 50 had been injured in the nationwide assault that started on Monday morning. According to Oleksandr Vilkul, the head of city administration, there were 10 fatalities and 31 injuries in Kryvyi Rih from what appeared to be a huge missile attack. Authorities in the central Dnipropetrovsk area of Ukraine also reported explosions.

Rescuers were looking for victims beneath the debris of a partially collapsed wing of the Okhmatdyt children's hospital in Kyiv, Zelenskyy said, adding that the exact number of deaths was unknown.

Zelenskyy posted on social media, saying, "It is very important that the world should not be silent about it now and that everyone should see what Russia is and what it is doing."

The strike occurs on the eve of a three-day NATO summit in Washington, D.C., which will focus on ways to give Ukrainians optimism that their nation will survive the largest conflict in Europe since World War II and to reassure them of the alliance's steadfast support.

Part of the children's hospital's two-story building was demolished. Walls were charred and windows and doors were blown out of the hospital's main ten-story building.

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As they looked for children and other medical staff who might be trapped beneath the debris, medical professionals and locals assisted in moving the debris. A line of volunteers passed stones and other debris to one another. While wearing protective masks, volunteers and emergency personnel worked in the building where smoke was still rising.

The Russian bombing of Kiev was at its worst level in nearly four months. According to the Ukrainian air force, one of the most sophisticated Russian weapons, Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, were used in the daytime strikes. Since the Kinzhal travels at ten times the speed of sound, intercepting it is difficult. Blasts caused city buildings to tremble. According to officials, a whole floor of a multistory residential building in one Kyiv neighbourhood was demolished.

According to the Kyiv municipal authority, falling debris—possibly from intercepted missiles—started fires in a few different Kyiv neighborhoods. Thick clouds of smoke emerged from multiple areas in Kiev.

According to Andrii Yermak, the head of Ukraine's presidential office, the attack happened when a lot of people were out on the streets of the city.

According to Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko, official analyses of the attack's effects are still being conducted.

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- With inputs from agencies

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