Ukraine accuses Russia of genocide after children hospital bombing

Ukraine accuses Russia of genocide after children hospital bombing
Ukraine accuses Russia of genocide after children hospital bombing

More of people have been dead, more than two million have been forced to flee their homes, and thousands have been forced to cower in besieged cities under unrelenting shelling as Russia’s conflict in Ukraine enters its third week.

While Russian troops, tanks, and artillery made gradual progress from the north, south, and east, Ukrainian forces, including citizen-soldiers who had never dreamed of firing a weapon in anger only a month ago, held out in Kyiv and other frontlines.

Moscow’s stated goals of defeating the Ukrainian military and deposing President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s pro-Western elected administration remained elusive, with Zelenskiy unfazed and lethal Western military help flowing across the Polish and Romanian borders.

Sanctions imposed by the West to isolate Russia’s economy and government from international financial markets were starting to bite, with the Russian stock market and the rouble plummeting and ordinary Russians scurrying to stockpile cash.

Despite a ceasefire agreement for residents to evacuate the besieged city of Mariupol, Zelenskiy accused Russia of genocide after Ukrainian officials reported Russian jets struck a children’s hospital on Wednesday, burying patients in rubble.

After Russia’s early failures, the attack, which hurt women in labour and left children in the debris, echoed US warnings that the biggest assault on a European state since 1945 could become progressively attritional.

The hospital bombardment was described by the White House as a “barbaric use of military force against innocent civilians.”

Russian has previously promised to pause firing so that at least some besieged residents could flee the port city, where hundreds of thousands have been stranded for more than a week without water or power. Both sides blamed each other for the evacuation’s failure.

“What kind of country is this, the Russian Federation, that fears hospitals, especially maternity facilities, and destroys them?” Late Wednesday, Zelenskiy remarked in a televised address.

“So that they get down at the bargaining table and terminate this horrific war,” Zelenskiy said again, urging the West to strengthen sanctions against Russia. “Proof that a genocide of Ukrainians is going place,” he stated, referring to the bombing of the children’s hospital.

According to the governor of the Donetsk region, 17 persons were injured in the incident.

When contacted for response by Reuters, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov replied, “Russian military do not fire on civilian targets.” Russia describes its assault as a “special operation” aimed at disarming its neighbour and removing “neo-Nazi” leaders.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry released video footage of the hospital, which showed holes where windows should have been in a three-story structure. The landscape was covered with huge heaps of smouldering rubble.

The United Nations Human Rights Council said it was checking the number of those killed in Mariupol. Through a spokeswoman, the incident “adds to our profound worries about indiscriminate use of weapons in populous areas.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Wednesday that more than 1 million children have fled Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24, out of a total of more than 2 million refugees. According to the report, at least 37 people were killed and 50 more were injured.

Houses had been damaged across Ukraine, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. “Hundreds of thousands of people are without food, water, heat, energy, or medical care,” the report stated.