Civilians including newborn baby killed by Russian missile strikes


Wounded are carried away from the scene where a missile hit a building in Kyiv (Picture: Twitter)

A barrage of missile strikes across Ukraine has killed several people – including a baby – and left large areas without power and water.

Multiple regions reported Russian attacks in quick succession and widespread damage to critical infrastructure.

The latest onslaught came hours after an overnight rocket attack by Vladimir Putin’s forces destroyed a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine, killing a two-day-old baby.

Following the strike in Vilniansk, close to the city of Zaporizhzhia, the baby’s mother and a doctor were pulled alive from the rubble.

Olena Zelenska, wife of president Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote on Twitter expressing her condolences.

‘Horrible pain. We will never forget and never forgive,’ she said.

The targeting of civilians adds to the toll suffered by hospitals in the invasion that enters its tenth month this week.

Rescuers at the destroyed maternity ward (Picture: State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Reuters)

Patients and staff have been in the firing line, including in a March 9 air strike that destroyed a maternity hospital in port city Mariupol.

The Kyiv city administration said three people were dead and three wounded after a strike on a two-storey building. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities was hit and there were several more explosions in different districts. He added water supplies were knocked out in all of Kyiv.

Oleg Bistrov works while using a headlight during a blackout in Kyiv (Picture: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Kharkiv’s mayor said power was out in the city and all public transport had stopped running. Lviv reported strikes on a substation and several districts left without power.

Many doctors are working in the dark in the southern city of Kherson, from where Russia retreated a fortnight ago. ‘Breathing machines don’t work, X-ray machines don’t work. There is only one portable ultrasound machine and we carry it constantly,’ said a surgeon at a children’s hospital.

Firefighters at the site of a blaze caused by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv (Picture: Twitter)

Several units were shut down at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant in southern Ukraine yesterday because of a loss of power during air strikes.

More than half of Moldova is without electricity. ‘Massive blackout after today’s Russian attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,’ deputy prime minister Andrei Spinu wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile the European Parliament has backed a resolution labelling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism in a 494-58 vote with 48 abstentions.

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