First lady Olena Zelenska said the newborn baby who died in a missile attack on a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhya region was two days old.
“rf [Russian Federation] Crime is insane. That night, the maternity hospital in the Zaporizhzhya region became a target. 2 days old boy died…” Zelenska Tweeted In English.
stabbing pain. We will never forget and will never forgive.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky had earlier condemned the attack. Referring to Russia, he said, “The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve with terror and murder what it has not been able to achieve for nine months and will not be able to achieve.”
According to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office, the hospital was targeted by an S-300 missile.
“A child died, a woman and a doctor were injured during delivery. Private houses also suffered from enemy shelling,” the prosecutor’s office said.
According to a statement on Telegram, a pre-trial investigation has been launched into the criminal proceedings for violations of the laws and customs of war.
Some context: The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed nearly 703 attacks on health care facilities in Ukraine since February, according to its latest figures, with attacks targeting critical civilian infrastructure radiating from Moscow.
Dr. Jarno Habich, the representative of the World Health Organization in Ukraine, said on Monday that the continuous attacks on the health infrastructure in Ukraine have affected many services. These include a devastating strike in March at a maternity and children’s hospital in the southern city of Mariupol.
According to Habicht, one in five people in Ukraine have difficulty accessing medicine. The problem is worse in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories, where one in three people can’t get the medicine they need, Habich said.
It is a problem that will be exacerbated by heavy snowfall during Ukraine’s harsh winter weather, which poses a “stiff challenge” to the health system, the WHO official warned.