The strike at the hospital was part of a barrage that has hit cities across Ukraine.


A day after a Russian missile struck a children’s hospital in Kiev, rescue workers continued to clear debris from the scene as a day of mourning was observed in the Ukrainian capital.

But as with similar attacks in the past, the Ukrainian government and the Kremlin are at odds over what actually happened.

Here’s a quick overview of what we know about the strike and its aftermath.

What was killed?

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the strike at the hospital was part of a barrage that hit cities across Ukraine on Monday morning.

Across Ukraine, 38 people were killed — including four children — and 190 were injured, the president said.

During the attack, Ukrainian officials said a cruise missile hit the Okhmatdet Children’s Hospital in Kiev.

According to AFP journalists at the scene, the strike caused the collapse of the facility’s toxicology wing and damaged large parts of nearby buildings that house several different medical departments.

“At the time of the attack, 627 children were in the hospital. Eight of them were injured. Unfortunately, two adults were killed,” military officials in Kiev said.

The hospital complex has about 700 beds and oversees an estimated 10,000 surgeries a year.

Before the strike, medical staff halted work at the facility after air raid sirens were activated and sent patients, family members and others to shelter in the building’s basement.

However, not all were able to evacuate.

According to a doctor at the scene, some of the children were in the hospital’s surgical theater where operations had already begun and it would have been difficult to move them.

The city’s military administration said seven other districts of Kiev were also damaged by direct hits or debris from falling missiles.

Ten residents of an apartment block were killed in the attack in the Shevchenkivskyi district of central Kiev, the mayor said.

Five medical staff and two patients at the Advanced Fertility Center also died, the clinic said.


The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said its initial assessment showed that Moscow had hit the installation with a K-101 strategic cruise missile.

A Western defense expert told AFP on condition of anonymity that a photograph of the attack “clearly shows a cruise missile from a KH-101 aircraft in its dive phase.” in”.

“The missile shows no signs of damage, and its dive angle itself is consistent with that observed in other strikes,” the expert added.

Yohan Michel, an expert at the Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies (IESD), has drawn similar conclusions.

“You have to see that the pictures have not been altered, but on one of them you can clearly see a Kh-101 in perfect condition,” he told AFP.

Michel added that the attack was part of a wider barrage aimed at overwhelming Ukraine’s air defenses and “focused on different targets and missiles with different speeds and altitudes”.

Russian response

After the attack, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had hit “targeted” defense industry and military targets.

The minister blamed Ukraine’s air defense missiles for widespread damage to civilian targets.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia did not target civilian structures.

The United Nations disagreed, saying it was highly likely that the children’s hospital was a direct hit by a Russian missile.

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