Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday night called Russia’s bombing of several hospitals a war crime and shamed the West in a renewed call for help as the Russian invasion rages on.
“Today we must unite in condemning this war crime by Russia, which reflects all the evil that the invaders have brought upon our country,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night address, partially referring to the airstrike on a maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol at least 17 people were injured.
The devastating attack was one of at least three bombings by Russian forces on hospitals in war-torn Ukraine.
The other two attacks on medical facilities, including a children’s hospital, took place in In Zhytomyr, a town of 260,000 west of Kyiv, according to Mayor Serhii Sukhomlyn. Nobody was injured, he said.
Zelensky expressed outrage at the recent bombing.
“A children’s hospital. A maternity home. How did you threaten the Russian Federation?” he said in his speech.
“What kind of country is this, the Russian Federation, that is afraid of hospitals and maternity hospitals and is destroying them?”
The airstrike in Mariupol, a strategic city of 430,000 people, came as local authorities there rushed to bury the dead of the last two weeks of fighting in a mass grave.
Mariupol was bombed while the city was encircled by Russian forces for an extended period.
Despite the ongoing aggression, Zelesnky said about 35,000 Ukrainians were rescued through three humanitarian corridors on Wednesday.
The refugees traveled along safe routes from the cities of Sumy, Kyiv and surrounding areas, as well as from Enerhodar, the president said in an address late Wednesday.
Zelenskyi said the country is preparing six humanitarian corridors for Thursday.
Since Putin’s invasion, thousands of civilians and soldiers are said to have been killed across the country.
In Mariupol alone, 1,200 people died during the nine-day siege of the city, Zelensky said.
According to UN estimates, more than 2 million people have fled the country since the invasion began on February 24.
Kiev Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said in an interview that more than 10,000 people evacuated the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday.
In his speech on Wednesday night, Zelenskyy shamed the West for failing to establish a no-fly zone or deliver 28 Polish fighter jets to help the country repel the Russian invasion.
“Together we must give courage back to some Western leaders,” said Zelenskyy in a speech on Wednesday evening.
“So they can finally do what they had to do on the first day of the invasion. Either block the Ukrainian skies from Russian missiles and bombs, or give us fighter planes so we can do everything ourselves,” he raged.
US and NATO allies have so far turned down both requests for fear of a possible escalation of the conflict if they get too involved.
With mail wires
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