Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Rescuers work at the site of a maternity ward of a hospital destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, on November 23. (Reuters)

The newborn baby who died in a missile strike on a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhia region was two days old, said first lady Olena Zelenska.

“RF [Russian Federation] crimes are insane. This night, maternity hospital in Zaporizhzhia region became target. 2 days old boy died…” Zelenska tweeted in English.

Horrible pain. We will never forget and never forgive.“

President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier condemned the attack. “The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve with terror and murder what he wasn’t able to achieve for nine months and won’t be able to achieve,” he said, referring to Russia.

The hospital was hit by an S-300 missile, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office.

“A baby was killed, a woman in labor and a doctor were wounded. Private houses also suffered from the enemy shelling,” the prosecutor’s office said.

It has started a pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings over violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder, according to a statement on Telegram.

Some context: According to recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Russia has struck about 703 health care facilities in Ukraine since February, amid ongoing assaults from Moscow targeting critical civilian infrastructure.

Relentless shelling on health care facilities in Ukraine — including a devastating attacks on a maternity and children’s hospital in the southern city of Mariupol in March, have impacted services including Covid-19 vaccines and machinery in hospital intensive care units, Dr. Jarno Habicht, the World Health Organization’s representative in Ukraine, said on Monday.   

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