Ukraine Says Russian Airstrike Hit Hospital in Mariupol

Zelensky used strike to reiterate his call for a no-fly zone

Ukraine accused Russia of bombing a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol on Wednesday during an agreed ceasefire to allow the evacuation of civilians. Ukrainian officials said 17 people were wounded in the strike, but nothing has been verified.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted what he said was a video of the hospital after the strike and reiterated his call for the US and NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which would mean the Western powers entering a direct conflict with Russia.

“Atrocity! How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terror? Close the sky right now! Stop the killings! You have power but you seem to be losing humanity,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

When asked for comment about the strike, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov repeated Russia’s claim that it is not targeting civilians. “Russian forces do not fire on civilian targets,” he said.

Peskov said Russia’s offensive in Ukraine is a “special operation” meant to rid Ukraine of “neo-Nazi” leadership. Mariupol is the base of the Azov battalion, a neo-Nazi militia that is part of Ukraine’s National Guard.

The alleged Russian attack on the maternity hospital happened after Rusia announced ceasefires in certain areas to evacuate civilians from conflict zones across Ukraine. In a call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukrainian “nationalists” for hampering civilian evacuations.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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