WOMEN and children are feared after a Russian airstrike hit a Mariupol maternity hospital today.
The city council claimed brutal Russian forces dropped “several bombs” on the hospital – and described the damage as “colossal”.
Horror footage showed the charred remains of the hospital with wounded staff and patients being helped out of the building into a devastating scene of burning cars and debris.
The Mariupol City Council said: “The Russian occupying forces dropped several bombs on the children’s hospital. The destruction is colossal.”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared footage of the hospital scene and said: “Direct attack by Russian troops on the maternity hospital. People, children lie under the rubble. Atrocity!
“How much longer will the world be an accomplice who ignores terror? Close the sky now! Stop the killing! You have power, but you seem to be losing humanity.”
Vyacheslav Abroskin, the former deputy police chief of Ukraine, wrote on Facebook: “According to eyewitnesses, the maternity hospital no longer exists, there are many wounded and killed women.”
He added: “F**k Russians, you guys are going to burn in hell!”
According to local reports, Pavel Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk regional state administration, said that both the maternity ward and the children’s ward were bombed.
Days of bombing in Mariupol have cut off residents from the outside world and forced them to search for food and water.
yesterday, a Girl, eight, died of dehydration in the city of Mariupol after Russian attacks left them without access to water, electricity or heating.
Thousands of people – both civilians and soldiers – are believed to have been killed in Ukraine in two weeks of fighting since Putin’s forces stormed the country.
According to the UN, more than two million people have fled the country – the largest flow of refugees in Europe since the end of the Second World War.
Authorities today announced a new ceasefire to allow civilians to flee the cities around Kyiv, as well as the southern cities of Mariupol, Enerhodar and Volnovakha, Izyum in the east and Sumy in the northeast.
But previous attempts to create safe evacuation corridors have largely failed due to attacks by Russian forces.
It comes as Russia’s Stranded troops are at risk of freezing to death in their tanks while Putin’s military is stuck in the mud and an unwinnable war in Ukraine.
A 40-mile convoy of tanks and armored vehicles remains trapped outside Kyiv — more than a week after their launch attack on the Ukrainian capital.
When a sudden cold snap plunges temperatures in Eastern Europe to -10C overnight — or -20C including wind chill — Russian troops are trapped in what one ex-soldier called “40-ton iron freezers.”
Icy conditions will also make life even harder Putin‘s invaders, who have been stuck around 20 miles from Kyiv for days amid mechanical problems, fuel supply problems and solid Ukrainian resistance.
Air satellite images taken on Wednesday morning show a Russian military vehicle jammed near Antonov Airport, just a few kilometers northwest of the outskirts of Kyiv.
Former British Army Major Kevin Price said so Email online that Russia’s tanks will become no more than “40-ton freezers” as temperatures drop, and that the bitter conditions will further dampen Russian military morale.
Reports are already coming in Demoralized Russian troops complain about the war in bugged phone calls with comrades and relatives.
In the appeals, Putin’s troops claim the war could drag on for “months” and that they are being “massacred” in Ukraine.
According to reports, Russian soldiers are abandoning their posts after “great losses”, including the deaths of top generals.
However, the cold wave also worsens the lives of Ukrainian refugees and children trapped in the war.
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