The shelling of russian troops yet pediatric hospital in the city of Mariupolin southeastern Ukraine, has left three fatalitiesincluding two minors –a girl and a boy-, as reported on Thursday by the city council of this port city. In addition there were 17 wounded, also minors and women, as well as health personnel from the center.
However, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrovhas justified the bombing because “it was under the control of ukrainian radicals“, while maintaining that “there were no patients” in the hospital.
A fourth person has died this Thursday, in a new blitz in the city, which occurred this morning, according to the mayor’s office. “Russian troops destroy deliberately and ruthlessly the civil population of Mariupol,” denounced the municipality.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskywho sentenced a “war crime”showed videos of the destruction of this establishment, which housed a maternity area and a pediatric hospital. In them you can see busted buildingsrubble and paper and glass scattered on the floor.
The Russian attack on the hospital caused the indignation of the Ukrainian and Western authorities. Thus, the bombing was considered a “violation of the laws of war” by the humanitarian organization Doctors without borders.
“There were no patients”, according to Russia
In this regard, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrovhas justified the attack by assuring that the hospital “was under the control of ukrainian radicals and there were no patients there.” “This maternity hospital has long been taken over by the Azov battalion and other radicals. All the women who were going to give birth, all the nurses and all the support staff had been kicked out,” she said.
“The Western media have not given both versions on this matter,” he added when questioned by the bombingduring the press conference in Turkey after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba. The meeting between Lavrov and Kuleba is over no agreement between the twobut it has meant first high level meeting since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24. The meeting took place a day after the bombing of the Mariúpol hospital.
Before Lavrov’s statements, the spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskovhad ensured that he would ask his military about the bombing. “We will necessarily ask our military, because we, like you, we do not have clear information about what happened, and a priori, the military will give us information,” he specified.
Mariupol is one of the cities most affected by the conflict warlike The city is devastated devoid of gas and electricity for the bombings. Last Tuesday, the municipality had denounced the death of more than 1,200 inhabitants in a nine-day siege of this important port on the Sea of Azov.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.