Ukraine: 20 killed in Russian airstrikes on two cities, attack on children’s hospital in Kyiv

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Rescuers work at the Okhotny hospital in Kyiv, which was damaged in a Russian missile attack on Monday morning.

Kyiv, Ukraine

A series of Russian missile strikes hit targets in cities across Ukraine on Monday, including a children’s hospital in Kyiv, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50 others, Ukraine’s interior ministry said.

Ukrainian officials said the rare daytime airstrike hit Ukrainian cities during rush hour, including Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

Among the damaged buildings is the Kyiv building. Okhmadatyt Hospital, the largest children’s medical center in Ukrainewhich has been critical in supporting some of the sickest children across the country.

Videos from the scene showed volunteers working with police and security services to dig through the rubble as smoke rose from the hospital, while staff described trying to move children to safety in the aftermath of the attack.

Natalia Saroddinova, a senior nurse, described the moment the hospital was hit: “It was scary, but we survived.”

“It was loud, the windows were cracking,” she told CNN. “As soon as the siren went off, the kids were taken out into the hallway.”

“Everything was filled with smoke, there was no air to breathe. The doctor was hit by shrapnel. Windows and doors were blown out. One of the nurses in the hospital was badly injured. My hands are still shaking. They are not letting anyone in now, they are afraid that the hospital will collapse,” Sardodinova added.

Yulia Vasilenko, the mother of an 11-year-old cancer patient in hospital, said her son Denis was evacuated abroad after the strike.

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“My son takes painkillers. He has cancer. He hasn’t taken any medicine for half a day. He was brought down from the third floor. There was a lot of smoke and dust,” she said.

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Doctors and passersby in the nearby area immediately headed towards the rubble to help remove debris after the strike.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a post on Twitter that the exact number of casualties at the hospital was not yet known and that “there are people under the rubble” but that everyone from doctors to local residents were helping clear the debris in the aftermath of the strike.

“Residential buildings, infrastructure and a children’s hospital were damaged. All services are working to save as many people as possible,” Zelensky wrote in a post on X.

He also added that about 40 missiles of various types were launched at Ukraine.

“The world must use all its resolve to end Russia’s strikes. Murder is what Putin brings. Only together can we achieve true peace and security,” he added.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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