Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday night called Russia’s bombing of several hospitals a war crime and shamed the West in a fresh plea for help as the Russian invasion rages on.
“Today we must be united in condemning this war crime by Russia, which reflects all the harm the invaders have brought to our land,” Zelensky said in his nightly speech, referring in part to the airstrike. of a maternity ward in the besieged city. from Mariupol.
At least three people were killed and 17 were injured in the airstrike, according to The Associated Press.
The devastating attack was one of three bombings carried out by Russian forces on Wednesday against hospitals in war-torn Ukraine.
The other two attacks on medical facilities, including a children’s hospital, took place in In Zhytomyr, a city of 260,000 people west of Kiev, according to Mayor Serhii Sukhomlyn. No one was hurt, he said.
Zelensky expressed his outrage at the latest shelling.
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“A children’s hospital. A motherhood. How did they threaten the Russian Federation? he said in his speech.
“What kind of country is it, the Russian Federation, which is afraid of hospitals, afraid of maternity wards, and destroys them?”
The airstrike in Mariupol, a strategic city of 430,000 people, came as local authorities scrambled to bury the dead from the past two weeks of fighting in a mass grave.
Mariupol was shelled as the city was surrounded by Russian forces for an extended period.
Despite the ongoing assault, Zelesnky said around 35,000 Ukrainians were rescued through three humanitarian corridors on Wednesday.
The refugees traveled the safe routes from the cities of Sumy, Kyiv and surrounding areas, and from Enerhodar, the president said in a speech late Wednesday.
Zelensky said the country is preparing six humanitarian corridors for Thursday.
Across the country, thousands of civilians and soldiers have reportedly been killed since Putin’s forces invaded.
In Mariupol alone, Zelensky said 1,200 people died during the city’s nine-day siege.
More than 2 million people have fled the country since the invasion began on February 24, according to UN estimates.
Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said in an interview that more than 10,000 people evacuated the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday.
In his Wednesday night speech, Zelensky shamed the West for not instituting a no-fly zone or delivering 28 Polish fighter jets to help the country fight off the Russian invasion.
“Together we must give courage to some Western leaders,” Zelensky said in a speech Wednesday night.
“So that they finally do what they had to do on the first day of the invasion. Either close the Ukrainian skies to Russian missiles and bombs or give us fighter jets so we can do it all ourselves,” he fumed.
US and NATO allies have so far refused both requests, fearing a potential escalation of the conflict if they get too involved.
With post wires
New York Post