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WATCH: 17 Injured As Russia Bombs Maternity And Children’s Hospital In Ukraine

 

Russian forces have bombed a maternity and children’s hospital in the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where more than 400,000 people are stranded after an evacuation attempt was thwarted.

 

Seventeen people were wounded in the attack, including women in labour, said regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a video of what he described as the “direct strike of Russian troops” on the maternity hospital in Mariupol on Wednesday March 9.

 

“People, children are under the wreckage. Atrocity! How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terror? Close the sky right now! Stop the killings! You have power but you seem to be losing humanity.” Zelenskyy tweeted

 

Watch the video below;

 

 

Russian forces were “holding hostage” more than 400,000 people by blocking humanitarian aid and evacuation from Mariupol, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted earlier Wednesday.

 

He claimed that nearly 3,000 newborn babies were in dire need of food and medicine.  “I urge the world to act!” he tweeted. “Force Russia to stop its barbaric war on civilians and babies!”

 

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the attack “depraved,” and said the United Kingdom is “exploring more support for Ukraine to defend against airstrikes.”

In Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that while he understood Zelensky’s appeal, a no-fly zone “would almost certainly lead to direct conflict” with Russia.

“If I were in President Zelensky’s position, I’m sure I would be asking for everything possible,” Blinken said.

 

The aftermath of an attack on a children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday. (Mariupol City Council via AP)
People carry an injured pregnant woman away from the hospital. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

 

The reported assault on the hospital comes on the heels of a warning from U.S. intelligence officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “angry” and may further escalate attacks on civilians as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its 14th day.

The war has left at least 474 civilians dead, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. But the actual death toll, the agency warned, is likely “considerably higher.”

The U.N. estimates that more than 2 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began. Earlier this week, Ukraine also accused Russian forces of attacking evacuation routes and killing those trying to escape.

Russia has denied targeting civilians in its assault on Ukraine.

 

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