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March 9, 2022: Russia bombed “a hospital for children and pregnant women in Mariupol on Wednesday. City officials said the airstrike happened during a cease-fire to permit civilians trapped in the port city to escape.

The Associated Press reported that the ground shook more than 1.6 kilometers away after several explosions at the hospital complex. The blasts blew out windows and destroyed much of the front of one building.

Police and soldiers rushed to the area to remove the victims. They carried a pregnant and bleeding woman on a stretcher. Another woman cried as she held her child. On the grounds, there were burned cars and a large, two-story-deep bomb crater.

Ukrainian officials said at least 17 people were wounded. They were still searching the area late Wednesday.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter, “Direct strike of Russian troops at the maternity hospital. People, children are under the wreckage. Atrocity!” He also shared a video of the inside of a badly damaged building filled with rubble.

Earlier on Monday, the World Health Organization wrote on Twitter, “So far, WHO has verified 18 attacks on health facilities [in #Ukraine], #healthworkers and ambulances, including 10 deaths and 16 injuries.” The organization said the attacks denied communities of needed health care….” Read more here: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/ukraine-russian-airstrike-hits-maternity-hospital/6477461.html

Excerpt from March 14, 2022: “Pregnant Woman, Baby Die After Russian Bombing in Mariupol”:  “In video and photos shot by AP journalists after the hospital attack, the wounded woman stroked her bloodied lower left abdomen as emergency workers carried her through the rubble, her blanched face mirroring her shock at what had just happened.

It was among the most brutal moments so far in Russia’s now 19-day-old war in Ukraine.
The woman was taken to another hospital, closer to the front line, where doctors tried to save her. Realizing she was losing her baby, medics said, she had cried out to them, “Kill me now!”

Dr. Timur Marin said Saturday that the woman’s pelvis had been crushed and her hip detached. Her baby was delivered via cesarean section but showed “no signs of life,” he said.

They tried to save the woman, and “more than 30 minutes of resuscitation of the mother didn’t produce results,” Marin said. “Both died.”

In the chaos after the airstrike, medical workers did not get her name before her husband and father took away her body. Doctors said they were grateful that she didn’t end up in the mass graves being dug for many of Mariupol’s dead…”https://www.voanews.com/a/pregnant-woman-baby-die-after-russian-bombing-in-mariupol-/6485036.html

She did nothing to deserve this. She lost the chance to live and love her baby. Putin’s dirty war destroyed that.