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At least 41 people have been killed in attacks in different areas.


Russia bombed the main children’s hospital in Kiev in broad daylight on Monday and rained missiles on other Ukrainian cities, killing at least 41 civilians in the deadliest wave of airstrikes in months.

Parents carrying their children walked in the street outside the hospital after the rare daylight airstrike. Windows were broken and panels were torn, and hundreds of Kiev residents were helping clear the debris.

“It was terrible,” Svetlana Kravchenko, 33, told Reuters.

President Wladimir Zielinski, who stopped in Poland before flying to Washington for a NATO summit, put the death toll at 37, including three children. More than 170 were injured.

But the death toll from attacks in different areas is at least 41.

Writing on the Telegram messaging app, Zelinsky said more than 100 buildings were damaged, including a children’s hospital and a maternity center in Kiev, a children’s nursery and a business center and homes.

He wrote that the Russian terrorists should respond to this. Being worried doesn’t stop terrorism. Condescension is not a weapon.

The Interior Ministry said damage was also done in the central cities of Krivoy Roh and Dnipro and two eastern cities.

The government declared a day of mourning Tuesday for one of the worst airstrikes of the war, saying Ukraine urgently needed its Western allies to upgrade its air defenses.

Air defenses shot down 30 of the 38 missiles, the Air Force said.

An online video obtained by Reuters shows a missile falling towards a children’s hospital followed by a large explosion. The location of the video was confirmed by visible signs.

The Security Service of Ukraine identified the missile as a Kh-101 cruise missile.

Military officials in Kiev said 27 people were killed in the capital, including three children, and 82 others were wounded in the attack, which took place two hours later, with a central missile.

Damage throughout the capital

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said the attack was one of the biggest of the war, affecting seven districts of the city. The Health Minister said that five units of the Children’s Hospital were damaged and the children were shifted to other facilities.

Eleven people were confirmed dead and 68 injured in the Dnipropetrovsk region, regional officials said. The governor said three people were killed in the eastern town of Pokrosk, where a missile hit an industrial facility.

Zielinski, speaking at a news conference in Warsaw alongside Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, called on Kiev’s Western allies to respond strongly to the attack.

“We will retaliate against these people, we will certainly give Russia a strong response from our side. The question for our partners is, can they respond?” Zielinski said.

The attack came a day before NATO leaders were to begin a three-day summit, with the war in Ukraine a focus.

US President Joe Biden said Moscow’s deadly missile attacks in Ukraine, including on a children’s hospital in Kiev, were a “horrific reminder of Russia’s brutality”.

In a statement released by the White House, Biden added that Washington and its NATO allies would announce new measures to strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses.

Diplomats said that the UN Security Council meeting will be held on Tuesday at the request of Britain, France, Ecuador, Slovenia and the United States.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Tchak, condemned the attacks, saying: “Among the victims were the sickest children in Ukraine.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had carried out attacks on defense industry targets and airfields.

Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, although its attacks have killed thousands of civilians since its February 2022 offensive.

Ukraine’s prosecutor general said he had discussed the attacks with International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan, adding that his office would share evidence with the ICC.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Rustom Umarov said Ukraine still lacked significant air defense and urged Kiev’s allies to urgently provide more systems to protect cities from Russian attacks.

Air Force spokesman Col. Yuri Agant said repelling Russian attacks has become more difficult as Moscow’s forces ramp up their bombing tactics.

“Enemy missiles are equipped with additional means, including radar and thermal traps,” Ignet wrote on Facebook.

He said the missiles flew at a very low altitude during Monday’s attacks.

DTEK, the largest private power producer, said three power substations and networks were damaged in Kiev.

Russian airstrikes that began in March have already damaged the power system enough to cause widespread power outages.

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