A Russian missile strike on a pediatric hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv is the latest new hell to emerge from the beleaguered country, with harrowing footage showing children’s toys near the scene of the attack .
In the car park, CCTV footage captured the moment the Russian missile hit an ambulance donated by the UK to the facility. Testimonies from those who were there say that at least one child and one man died and at least 60 others were injured. International condemnation – now a daily chorus – did little to deter the carnage.
Staff from Doctors Without Borders, who were there to help administer medical aid at the compound, which also includes a cancer centre, said the windows of their vehicles were blown out in the bombardment. “Several explosions took place near our staff for about 10 minutes,” the head of Doctors Without Borders Ukraine, Michel-Olivier Lacharité, told Reuters. “As they were leaving the area, the MSF team saw injured people and at least one corpse.”
Ukrainian officials say at least 167 children have been killed since Vladimir Putin ordered the February 24 invasion. Another 279 were seriously injured and thousands more undoubtedly traumatized for life by what they saw. At least 927 schools and other educational institutions have been damaged in the war so far, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office.
Near the capital kyiv, another suburb has been abandoned by Russian troops and another trail of alleged war crimes lies in their wake. Like the Bucha scenes that horrified an already shocked world earlier in the week, Borodianka’s footage revealed another nightmare.
A woman interviewed by CNN showed a corpse in her garden. The dead man’s trousers were down; he had a bag over his head and his hands were tied behind his back. “He was executed with a bullet to the head,” a Ukrainian policeman told CNN. Buildings in the bombed city have almost all been defaced with the letter V or Z, symbols of Putin’s “special military operation” or code word for war.
European leaders will meet on Wednesday to decide on new sanctions against Russia, which now appear to be gradual rather than immediate as Europe’s dependence on Russian gas becomes increasingly evident with increases in the energy bill which should reach 400% in the coming months.
In the United States, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, has warned of a geopolitical disaster in the making. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens to undermine not only European peace and stability, but also the global peace and stability that my parents and a generation of Americans fought so hard to defend,” he said. he declares. “We are entering a world that is becoming increasingly unstable and the potential for significant international conflict is increasing rather than decreasing.”