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Kyiv mourns the last rescue attempts by Russian missiles at the children’s hospital

Kyiv mourns the last rescue attempts by Russian missiles at the children’s hospital
Kyiv mourns the last rescue attempts by Russian missiles at the children’s hospital

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, rescue operations at a major Kyiv children’s hospital hit by a Russian missile have been ongoing for two days.

KIEV, Ukraine – Rescue efforts at a major Kyiv children’s hospital hit by a Russian missile continued for a second day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday. The intense barrage that hit cities across the country during the day left 38 people dead and nearly 200 injured.

On the social platform X, Zelensky said 64 people had been hospitalized in the capital, 28 in Kryvyi Rih and six in Dnipro – both regions in central Ukraine.

It was Russia’s heaviest bombing of Kyiv in nearly four months and one of the deadliest of the war, hitting seven of the city’s 10 districts. The attack on Okhmatdyt’s children’s hospital, which interrupted open-heart surgery and forced young cancer patients to undergo their treatments outdoors, sparked an international outcry.

The city administration of Kyiv declared Tuesday an official day of mourning. Entertainment events were banned and flags were hung in the capital.

Russia denied responsibility for the hospital attack and stressed that it does not attack civilian targets in Ukraine, despite ample evidence to the contrary, including reports by the Associated Press.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated this position on Tuesday, referring to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry in which a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile was blamed for the partial destruction of the hospital.

The Russian attack on Monday came on the eve of a NATO summit in Washington, where allies are expected to pledge new military and economic support to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Moscow.

New Delhi’s importance as a key trading partner has grown since the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022.

Zelenskyy sharply criticized Modi’s visit, saying on X late Monday: “It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts when the leader of the world’s largest democracy embraces the world’s bloodiest criminal in Moscow on such a day.”

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Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine.

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