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Zaporizhzhia maternity ward strike: Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian hospital

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2 day old baby dies Russian strike At a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday as Moscow stepped up its attacks on civilian infrastructure across the country.

A mother of a newborn baby and a doctor were dragged from the rubble of a destroyed medical facility in Zaporizhia as a devastating S-300 missile attack also damaged nearby homes.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the bombardment First Lady Olena Zelenska called the attack “insane”.

“The enemy, again with terrorism and murder, has decided to achieve what it has not achieved for nine months and will never achieve,” Zelensky said of Russia.

The scene of Wednesday’s attack devastating strike At a maternity and children’s hospital in the southern city of Mariupol in March, as part of Russia’s broader campaign to target health facilities across Ukraine.

Health facilities in Ukraine have come under a series of missile attacks in recent months, with the World Health Organization confirming around 703 attacks on health facilities across the country since February.

About 1 in 5 people in Ukraine have difficulty accessing healthcare. said on mondayIn areas of Ukraine occupied by Russia, the problem is even worse, with one in three people unable to get the medicine they need, Habicht added.

It’s a problem exacerbated by heavy snowfall during Ukraine’s harsh winter, posing a “formidable challenge” to the health system, WHO officials warned.

Zelensky said Moscow wanted to agitate

Further north, in Kyiv, Russia unleashed deadly missile at an infrastructure facility after the mayor warned of a harsh winter coming amid widespread power outages and falling temperatures.

At least three people, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed and at least 11 injured in Wednesday’s attack, local officials later said. interrupted water supply In the area after the shelling.

Ukrainian state energy operator Uklenergo said strikes in Kyiv contributed to blackouts in all regions A recent Russian attack targeting critical infrastructure wiped out much of the country’s electricity supply, so the country was closed Wednesday afternoon.

“We have to prepare for the worst-case scenario,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko told Germany’s Bild newspaper.

“If there was a widespread blackout and the temperatures were even colder, that would be it,” he said in an interview published Tuesday.

“In that case, part of the city would have to be evacuated, but we don’t want that!”

The Kremlin has been targeting critical energy installations across Ukraine in recent weeks.

The Kremlin has been accused of deliberately targeting Ukraine’s civilian power grid to keep civilians without electricity and heat. This constitutes a war crime. A senior US State Department official said Monday that the consistent pattern of Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians was “extremely disturbing.”

and symbolic movement In response to Western leaders’ condemnation of Russia’s aggression, the European Parliament on Wednesday declared the country a “state sponsor of terrorism and a state that uses means of terrorism”.

The European Union parliament called on the European Union to “further isolate Russia internationally” in a non-binding resolution, according to a press release.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision.

“Russia must be isolated and held accountable at all levels to end its longstanding policy of terrorism in Ukraine and around the world,” he tweeted.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also thanked the European Parliament for its “clear stance” on Twitter.

CNN has reached out to Russian officials for comment.

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