The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has led to heavy casualties on both sides. As bombs and missiles continue to land on many cities, innocent civilians have also been caught in the crossfire.
On Wednesday (9 Mar), Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that a Russian bomb had struck a maternity and children’s hospital in the city of Mariupol.
President Zelensky has since called the attack a “war crime” and called for a no-fly zone to be imposed over the country.
On Wednesday (9 Mar), President Zelensky shared a video apparently showing the interior of a children’s hospital that had been struck by a Russian missile.
The building appeared severely damaged with walls crumbling and debris lying everywhere.
Similar scenes of barren trees and mangled cars were also seen outside the building.
In light of the attack, President Zelensky has accused Russian forces of committing a “war crime”.
Ukrainian MP Dmytro Gurin, who hails from Mariupol, also shared footage of the ruined maternity hospital in a separate tweet.
According to BBC, 3 people, including a child, lost their lives as a result of the Russian strike.
Another 17 individuals were reportedly injured, including hospital staff and patients.
The bombing apparently took place amid a ceasefire deal between Russia and Ukraine, reported Reuters.
Ukrainian officials had hoped that the agreement would help buy time for more civilians to flee and escape the city.
In response to Reuters, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov insisted that Russian forces “do not fire on civilian targets”.
In times of war, governments usually negotiate ceasefire agreements to give civilians ample time to evacuate. So, it’s certainly worrying to hear of people getting injured despite there being a deal in place.
We hope the relevant authorities can provide injured individuals with proper medical care and allow more civilians to evacuate from the area.
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Featured image adapted from President Zelensky on Twitter and MP Dmytro Gurin on Twitter.
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