At least three civilians, including a newborn, were killed in Russian airstrikes in Ukraine, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to accuse Moscow of creating “terror” in his country.
Referring to the period of occupation of his country, Zelenskiy said, “The enemy has decided once again to achieve with terror and murder what it has not and cannot achieve in nine months.”
The Ukrainian president promised that Russia “will have to answer for all the damage it has done to the country”.
The emergency department announced that a baby was among those killed in the bomb attack on a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine.
At dawn on November 23, in the city of Vilniansk in the Zaporizhzia region, the two-story building of the maternity hospital was destroyed by a rocket attack on the local hospital,” he said.
“As a result of the attack, a baby born in 2022 died,” the state service said.
In addition to the baby, the child’s mother and a doctor were also found in the affected area.
Zelensky also said that his mother was injured from his Telegram account.
“The terrorist state continues its war against civilians,” Zelensky said, referring to Russia.
Emergency services released a video showing rescuers trying to pull a man out of the wreckage.
According to the information obtained, there is no one else under the rubble.
The small town of Vilniansk is located 45 kilometers from the front line in the north of the Zaporizhzhia region, where much of the south has been occupied by Russian troops since Moscow announced its annexation in late September.
More than 700 attacks
On November 17, a Russian attack destroyed a building in the area and killed 10 people, including three children.
Regional governor Oleg Synegubov said two people were killed in another Russian bombing Wednesday in the northeastern Kharkiv region: a 55-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man.
The governor said the bombing hit a residential building and a hospital. One person was taken to hospital in the area where the attack took place, and another person was treated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday that it has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukrainian health centers since the Russian invasion began in February, which it says is a “clear violation” of international humanitarian law.
“Hundreds of hospitals and health centers are no longer fully operational,” WHO European Director Hans Kluge said at a press conference in Kiev.
The WHO also warned that winter would pose a threat to millions of Ukrainians after Russia bombed the country’s energy infrastructure, leaving millions of homes without electricity and heating.
“This winter will endanger the lives of millions of people in Ukraine,” warned Kluge. “This winter will be about survival.”
The damage to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure “has already had devastating effects on the health system and population,” he said.
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