Local authorities and media in Mariupol claim that Russia’s attack on the city completely destroyed a children’s hospital.
Reuters news agency reports.
Massive attacks on the fortified city It was described as a humanitarian catastrophe From Doctors Without Borders, among others.
There are many dead and injured, local TV station wrote 24 channels on their websites.
According to local authorities, the attack took place on Wednesday afternoon, and caused extensive damage, according to the NTB. There should be a maternity ward on the premises.
According to the governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the air strike on the children’s hospital took place during a previously established ceasefire, according to Reuters.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemns the attack:
– Direct attacks by Russian forces on the maternity hospital. People and children are in ruins. rude! How long should a host be a partner who ignores terrorism? He writes on Telegram.
– Close the sky now! Stop the killing! The president urges more.
Burying the dead in mass graves
The situation in Marupol is now so precarious that the authorities have begun burying the dead in mass graves, he writes. AP . news agency.
The repeated bombing is said to have led to the deaths of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians in such mass graves.
Mortuaries are packed in the port city and public officials have decided they can’t wait to hold individual funerals. Therefore, it is necessary to dig a deep pit in an ancient cemetery in the heart of the city. The dead are now placed there, who are being recovered from mortuaries and private homes.
If the attacks stop long enough to be safe to do the job of closing the mass grave, the failed workers will do so on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.
On Tuesday, March 9, work on the mass grave was halted because fragments of bombs hit the cemetery. The accident damaged the wall of the cemetery.
The risk of being killed is so high that grieving family members or friends cannot accompany the dead to the grave.
WHO: Relief work is not working
There have been 18 documented attacks on health institutions, health workers and ambulances in Ukraine since Russia launched the invasion nearly two weeks ago.
This was stated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a press conference on Wednesday.
He also stated that the organization had delivered 81 tons of medical supplies to Ukraine. Michael Ryan, head of emergency management at the World Health Organization, acknowledges that supplies don’t make much difference.
“Right now, it’s about putting a bandage on the fatal wounds,” he says.
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Affected by frostbite and war suffering
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says war-affected Ukrainians are particularly vulnerable to frostbite, hypothermia (cooling), respiratory disease, heart disease, cancer and mental illness.
He also says WHO staff have been sent to Ukraine’s neighbors to provide psychological assistance to refugees.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian authorities announced that 61 hospitals had stopped working as a result of the Russian attacks.
Ukraine has in recent weeks repeatedly accused Russia of deliberately attacking civilian targets, including hospitals. Russia denies deliberately attacking civilian targets.
UN: At least 516 civilians killed
At least 516 civilians have been killed and 908 wounded in the war in Ukraine, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
It’s reports Sky News Wednesday.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights uses strict criteria and reports only numbers of deaths and injuries that they themselves have been able to confirm. Thus, the real numbers are probably higher.
According to the United Nations, most of them were killed in shelling and airstrikes.
The reactions from senior international politicians are many and strong.
After the attack on the Mariupol Children’s Hospital, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that Britain was looking into the possibility of helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian air strikes.
In a speech on Tuesday afternoon NATO General Jens Stoltenberg condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The pillow started a war against Ukraine only because Ukraine chose to go its own way: against democracy and freedom. Our message to President Putin is clear: Stop the war, Stoltenberg said.
He was unusually strong in his choice of words and sent a clear message to the President of Russia:
– He wants to extinguish the torch of freedom and independence in Ukraine. But no matter how dark it becomes in the coming days and weeks, the flame will continue to burn. Stoltenberg emphasized that Europe and the United States would help keep the torch alive.
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