The Kremlin relies on the Russian army for the deadly attack on the Mariupol hospital


The Russian military is likely to provide details of the bombing of a children’s hospital in Ukraine which local authorities say killed three people, including a young girl, the Kremlin noted Thusday.

The city council of Mariupol in southern Ukraine said Wednesday’s attack on the Children’s and Maternity Hospital left three people dead and 17 injured. depraved” and a “war crime”.

“The army will probably provide information [on the Mariupol hospital attack]. I can’t say,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a daily briefing.

“We will definitely ask our military,” Peskov said, as quoted by the official TASS news agency.

“You and I don’t have clear information about what happened there.”

He spoke after the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukrainian “nationalist battalions” of moving staff and patients and using the hospital to set up firing positions. Moscow has denied targeting civilians as its invasion of pro-Western Ukraine enters its third week.

Russia’s Deputy Chief of Mission to the United Nations has accused UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of spreading “fake newsabout the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the hospital served as a military base for nationalists.

“This maternity ward was occupied for a long time by the Azov Battalion and other radicals. They drove out women in labor, nurses and general staff. It was the base of the ultra-radical Azov Battalion,” Lavrov told following talks in Turkey with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Video shared by rescuers from the site showed a scene of complete devastation, with the injured being evacuated, some on stretchers, past charred and burning car bodies and a deep crater near the building.

Inside, debris, shards of glass and shards of wood litter hallways, administrative offices and bedrooms, with mattresses thrown out of their frames.

The Mariupol city council said 1,200 residents had been killed in nine days of Russia’s siege of the city.

AFP contributed reporting.


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