Russian Missile Hits Kyiv Children's Hospital

Russian Missile Hits Kyiv Children's Hospital
Russian Missile Hits Kyiv Children's Hospital

Search and rescue efforts continued into the night after a Russian missile attack on the main children's hospital in Kyiv.

The broad daylight attack was among a wave of missiles which rained down on other cities across Ukraine, killing at least 36 civilians. Twenty-two of those killed were in the Ukrainian capital.

Diggers and a crane were being used by emergency workers to assist with the clearing of rubble and debris from the damaged children's hospital.

Ukrainian authorities said a Russian missile struck the hospital not far from central Kyiv at around 10 a.m.

A large part of the two-storey center housing the toxicology ward was flattened, while windows were blown out in the main 11-floor building nearby.

The Ukrainian Health Minister said that five units of the children's hospital, the largest and best equipped in the country, were damaged and children were evacuated to other facilities.

The State Emergency Service clarified that the body of a boy had been found during nighttime rubble removal operations in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv.

The daytime Russian barrage targeted five Ukrainian cities with more than 40 missiles of different types, hitting apartment buildings and public infrastructure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a social media post.

Strikes in Kryvyi Rih, Zelenskyy's birthplace in central Ukraine, killed 10 people and injured 47 in what the head of city administration, Oleksandr Vilkul, said was a massive missile attack. Seven people were killed in Kyiv, authorities said.

Western leaders who have backed Ukraine in the war are holding a three-day NATO summit in Washington beginning. They are to look at how they can reassure Ukraine of the alliance’s unwavering support and offer Ukrainians hope that their country can come through Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.