Russian forces bombs a maternity and children’s hospital in Ukraine [Photos]

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Russian forces bombed a maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine on Wednesday, authorities said.

The reported attack came despite Russia agreeing to a 12-hour pause in hostilities to allow refugees to evacuate a number of towns and cities.

Three people including a child were killed in the Russian strike on the maternity and children’s hospital in the city of Mariupol, officials say.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said people were trapped under the wreckage, and called the attack a war crime. 

He also posted footage apparently from inside the hospital, which appeared badly damaged. 

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Some 17 people were also injured, including staff and patients, local officials said.

The Mariupol city council said the strike had caused “colossal damage”, and published footage showing burned out buildings, destroyed cars and a huge crater outside the hospital. The BBC has verified the location of the videos.

“We don’t understand how it’s possible in modern life to bomb a children’s hospital. People cannot believe that it’s true,” Mariupol Deputy Mayor Serhiy Orlov told the BBC.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack an “atrocity.”


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