Strike at a maternity hospital in Zaporizhia: A newborn was killed in a Russian attack on a Ukrainian hospital



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A two-day-old baby died in a Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk, southeastern Ukraine, on Wednesday as Moscow stepped up nationwide attacks on civilian infrastructure.

The mother of a newborn baby and a doctor were pulled from the rubble of a destroyed medical facility in Zaporozhye, as nearby private homes were also damaged in the devastating S-300 missile attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the shelling, accusing the Kremlin of trying to “achieve terror and murder,” while First Lady Olena Zelensky called the attack “crazy.”

“The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve through terror and murder what it has not been able to achieve for nine months and will not be able to achieve,” Zelenskyy said, referring to Russia.

A newborn baby died on Wednesday in a Russian strike on a two-story maternity hospital in the southern Zaporozhye city of Vilnyansk.

Scenes from Wednesday’s attack echoed those of a catastrophic strike in March on a maternity hospital and children’s hospital in the southern city of Mariupol as part of a wider Russian campaign targeting medical facilities across Ukraine.

Ukrainian medical facilities have been hit by a wave of rockets in recent months, with the World Health Organization identifying some 703 attacks on medical complexes across the country since February.

About one in five people in Ukraine has difficulty accessing medicine, said Dr. Jarno Habicht, representative of the World Health Organization in Ukraine. The problem is worse in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, where one in three people cannot get the medicine they need there, Habicht added.

It’s a problem that will be exacerbated by heavy snowfall during Ukraine’s harsh winter season, which poses a “tremendous challenge” to the health system, a WHO official warned.

Zelenskyy said that Moscow wanted to incite

Further north in Kiev, Russia fired a deadly missile at infrastructure after the city’s mayor warned of a harsh winter ahead due to widespread power cuts and plummeting temperatures.

Wednesday’s attack killed at least three people, including a 17-year-old girl, and injured at least 11 others, as local authorities later suspended water supplies in the region following the shelling.

Ukraine’s state energy operator Ukrenergo said a strike in Kyiv contributed to power outages in all regions of the country on Wednesday afternoon as recent Russian strikes targeting critical infrastructure destroyed much of the country’s energy supplies.

“We also have to prepare for the worst-case scenario,” Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko told German newspaper Bild.

“That would be if there were widespread blackouts and temperatures were even colder,” he said in an interview published Tuesday.

“Then parts of the city would have to be evacuated, but we don’t want that to happen!”

The Kremlin has targeted critical energy facilities across Ukraine in recent weeks.

The Kremlin has been accused of deliberately targeting Ukraine’s civilian power grid in an attempt to leave the civilian population without electricity and heat — an act that would amount to a war crime. A senior US State Department official said Monday that Russia’s consistent pattern of attacks on civilians in Ukraine was “deeply troubling.”

In a symbolic move that echoed Western leaders’ condemnation of Russia’s invasion, the European Parliament on Wednesday recognized the country “as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state that uses the means of terrorism.”

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi welcomed the decision.

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

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also thanked the European Parliament “for a clear position” on Twitter.

CNN has reached out to Russian authorities for comment.

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