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Newborn baby dies in Ukrainian maternity hospital strike

KYIV, Ukraine — A nighttime rocket attack hit a maternity ward of a hospital in southern Ukraine, killing a newborn baby, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday. The baby’s mother and a doctor were pulled alive from the rubble.

The governor of the region said the missiles were Russian.

The strike in Vilniansk, close to the city of Zaporizhzhia, adds to the horrific toll hospitals and other medical facilities – and their patients and staff – have had to pay as the Russian invasion enters its tenth month this week.

They have been in the line of fire from the start, including an airstrike on March 9 that destroyed a maternity hospital in the now-occupied port city of Mariupol.

At night, Russian monsters launched huge rockets into the small maternity ward of the hospital in Vilniansk. Sadness overwhelms our hearts – a baby who had just seen the light of day has been killed. Rescue workers are working at the site,” writes the regional governor, Oleksandr Starukh, in the messaging app Telegram.

Photos he posted show thick smoke rising over heaps of debris being combed by emergency workers against the backdrop of a dark night sky.

The state emergency service initially said a baby had died and a new mother and a doctor had been pulled from the rubble, and they were the only people on the ward at the time. The service specified in a follow-up message on Telegram that the rescued woman was the newborn’s mother.

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