(CTN NEWS) – VILNIANSK, Ukraine — Wednesday’s attack by a Russian rocket on the maternity ward of a hospital in eastern Ukraine resulted in the death of a newborn child and grave injuries to a physician.
The small-town hospital was reduced to a crumbling mass of bricks by the nighttime explosion, which also scattered medical equipment across the complex.
Vilniansk’s mayor, Nataliya Usienko, expressed her concern that this might not be the last terrible attack on the small community. It was the second such attack in a week.
“As soon as the attack began, an S300 Russian Rocket hit the road. The Maternity wing of the main general hospital was where the second missile struck.” She claimed.
“Two days ago, one mother delivered birth. She gave birth to a boy. Sadly, this youngster, who had only been alive for two days, was killed by a Russian Rocket .”
She claimed that 11 persons lost their lives six days earlier when a Russian rocket struck an apartment complex.
Usienko declared, “It’s quite unsafe to be here.” “There’s a 90% chance it’ll get hit again.”
Municipal employees used generators to provide light and power for their power tools while they tore down unstable walls well after dusk.
A resident named Nataliya Pullman expressed extreme rage as she saw the demolished hospital.
“I lack both words and emotions. I’m not sure how a typical person ought to feel. I feel terrible for the victims,” she remarked.
According to Usienko, Kyrilo, the infant slain by the rocket attack, and his mother were scheduled to be released on Wednesday.
Bob Kitchen, vice president for emergencies at the International Rescue Committee, condemned the assault.
According to Kitchen, “women and children continue to pay the biggest price for this war. The heartbreaking photos of rescuers working at the site of a maternity facility we witnessed this morning underline that,” Kitchen said.
“The tragic images of rescuers working at the site of a maternity ward we saw this morning illustrate that women and children continue to pay the highest price for this war."
Hospitals are not targets. https://t.co/xc4IKSRtzp
— IRC – International Rescue Committee (@RESCUEorg) November 23, 2022
“No infant should be born amid a missile attack onslaught. No child should perish and be buried beneath the wreckage of hospitals where its moms seek shelter.”
Since the start of the conflict on February 24th, Russia has frequently attacked hospitals, including a fatal bombardment on a maternity facility in Mariupol in March that resulted in the deaths of a woman and her unborn child.
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