2 day old baby died Russian strike to a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday as Moscow stepped up attacks on civilian infrastructure across the country.
The mother of a newborn baby and a doctor were rescued from the rubble of a destroyed medical facility in Zaporozhye, as nearby private homes were also hit by a devastating S-300 rocket attack.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the shelling and accused the Kremlin of trying to “achieve terror and murder”, with First Lady Elena Zelenskaya calling the attack “madness”.
“The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve with terror and murder what he could not achieve for nine months and will not be able to achieve,” Zelensky said, referring to Russia.
Wednesday attack scenes repeat scenes catastrophic strike at a maternity hospital and children’s hospital in the southern city of Mariupol in March as part of Russia’s broader campaign targeting medical facilities across Ukraine.
Ukrainian medical facilities have come under a series of rocket attacks in recent months, with the World Health Organization recording some 703 attacks on medical facilities across the country since February.
Approximately every fifth inhabitant of Ukraine experiences difficulties with access to medicines. Jarno Habicht, Representative of the World Health Organization in Ukraine, said on Monday. According to Habicht, the problem is exacerbated in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, where one in three people cannot get the medicine they need.
The WHO spokesman warned that the problem would be exacerbated by heavy snowfall during Ukraine’s harsh winter season, posing a “major challenge” to the health system.
Further north, in Kyiv, Russia unleashed lethal missile at a infrastructure facility after the city’s mayor warned of a harsh winter ahead amid widespread power outages and falling temperatures.
Wednesday’s attack killed at least three people, including a 17-year-old girl, and injured at least 11 others, local authorities later said. overhead water supply in the area after the attack.
Ukraine’s state energy operator Ukrenergo said the strike in Kyiv contributed to the blackout. for each region countries on Wednesday afternoon as recent Russian strikes on critical infrastructure destroyed much of the country’s energy supply.
“We must also prepare for the worst-case scenario,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told the German newspaper Bild.
“That would be if there were massive power outages and temperatures were even lower,” he said in an interview published on Tuesday.
“Then part of the city will have to be evacuated, but we don’t want it to come to that!”
The Kremlin has been accused of deliberately targeting Ukraine’s civilian power grids in order to leave the civilian population without power and heat, an act that could amount to a war crime. A senior US State Department official said on Monday that Russia’s ongoing attacks on civilians in Ukraine are “deeply troubling.”
AT symbolic move In response to Western leaders’ condemnation of the Russian invasion, the European Parliament on Wednesday recognized the country as a “state that supports terrorism and a state that uses the means of terrorism.”
According to a press release, the EU Parliament called on the European Union to “further isolate Russia internationally” in a non-binding resolution.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 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.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba also thanked the European Parliament “for a clear position” on Twitter.
CNN has reached out to Russian authorities for comment.