Moscow Says 14 Killed in Ukraine Strike on Eastern Hospital, Kyiv Claims 3 Dead in Russian Strike
The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday accused the Ukrainian army of attacking a hospital in eastern Luhansk region, which killed 14 people and injured 24.
On Saturday morning in the city of Novoaydar, “The Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately fired at the building of a regional hospital with American-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers,” the agency said in a statement.
The ministry added that among the “hospital patients and medical staff” 14 were killed and 24 were injured.
It says that the hospital has been providing “essential medical assistance to the local population and military personnel” for many months.
“A deliberate missile attack on a known civilian medical facility is without a doubt a grave war crime by the Kyiv regime,” the ministry said.
Three people were killed and at least two injured in a Russian strike on the eastern Ukrainian city of Konstantinovka, the local governor said earlier on Saturday.
“The Russians shelled a residential area, damaged four multi-storey buildings, a hotel, garages and civilian cars,” Donetsk Region Governor Pavel Kirilenko said on social networks.
“Three civilians were killed. At least two were injured,” he added.
According to Kirilenko, rescuers and police were at the scene of the incident, “helping people and carefully documenting another crime of Russian invaders on our land.”
The footage, posted on Kirilenko’s Telegram account, shows apartment buildings with broken windows and debris strewn around the charred remains of a car.
Nearly a year after invading Ukraine, Russia is seeking to seize control of the entire Donetsk region, which it has already declared part of Russia.
Ukraine said this week that Russian forces have stepped up their attacks in the east, especially on the towns of Vuhledar and Bakhmut.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that the situation at the front is “extremely acute”, especially in the Donetsk region.