Shock, chaos and anger at the kyiv children’s hospital bombed by Russia: “We were sure that they would not attack here”

Shock, chaos and anger at the kyiv children’s hospital bombed by Russia: “We were sure that they would not attack here”
Shock, chaos and anger at the kyiv children’s hospital bombed by Russia: “We were sure that they would not attack here”

Removing bricks and debris by hand, thousands of people flocked to the site of the Devastating attack on a children’s hospital in kyivafter a massive bombing that killed more than 30 people in all the country.

Shortly after the survivors of the attack emerged from the basement bunker of the hospital infantil Okhmatdytthe crowd gathered to form a human chain and remove the rubble piece by piece.

Rescuers and volunteers form a human chain after the attack on the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in kyiv (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Residents, rescue teams, military personnel and doctors in blood-covered gowns They helped remove the rubble from the destroyed hospitalafter it was reported that people were trapped under the rubble.

The human chain stretched towards another area less affected by the attack. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Large areas of the hospital were devastated by the attack.which according to Ukrainian authorities was caused by a Russian cruise missile.

Two nearby hospital blocks were also severely damaged by the blast.with most of the windows smashed and blood splattered across its walls.

A police officer assists a woman near a building damaged during Russian missile strikes in kyiv (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

As missiles rained down on kyiv, Pavlo Holovy She rushed to the children’s hospital where her son was recovering from a recent operation. When she arrived, smoke was still rising from the rubble.

The 37-year-old said it was “impossible to express“his emotions after finding his wife and son safe.

“Honestly, the main thing was to see my wife and my son, I didn’t pay attention to the rest”Holovi said.

A woman comforts a child as they take shelter in the basement following Russian missile attacks on Okmatdyt Children’s Hospital (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

“My son Sasha was in the traumatology ward. There was an explosion and we had to get out very quickly. There were many injured children under the rubble,” she told EFE Natalia Sheyan While waiting outside the hospital with her child to be transferred to her home region, Cherníguivnorth of kyiv.

Sheyan said her son is due to return for treatment within a month, but fears that will not be possible due to the destruction caused by the attack. “His doctor also has a head injury that he suffered while protecting another child during the explosion.”added the mother, visibly affected.

A child receives treatment after a rocket attack by the Russian military. (Vlada Liberova/Libkos/Getty Images)

“I don’t know what else to say, I’m in a state of shock and I can’t understand how they can attack a hospital with children”the woman said before putting her arms around her son again.

Around them, a multitude of ambulances occupied the closed street transporting the children in the most precarious situation. Fire trucks entered the perimeter of the hospital to continue clearing the rubble.

A woman carries a child near the Okmatdyt Children’s Hospital (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Marina Ploskonos’ 4-year-old son underwent surgery for cervical tuberculosis last Friday. “My son is terrified”he told the agency AP. “This shouldn’t be happening, it’s a children’s hospital”she said, bursting into tears.

A woman touches a patient near the Okmatdyt children’s hospital, damaged during Russian missile strikes (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

According to Natalia Svidler40, patients, staff and relatives had rushed to the basement after the air raid alarm sounded early on Monday.

“We heard a loud bang and then the basement ceiling collapsed a little bit.”explained Svidler, whose son Illia was due to undergo surgery at the hospital later this week. “Everyone was very scared, of course. Everyone started screaming and running”.

Following an air raid siren early in the morning, medical staff had acted quickly to move patients and staff to the basement of the centre.

“For some reason, we always thought that Okhmatdyt was protected“said Nina, a 68-year-old hospital employee.

“We were 100% sure that (the Russians) would not attack here.“, he said to the AFPas she described the frantic rush with which staff moved children on IVs to the bunker.

“I’d rather be killed! I’ve already lived. But why these children?

Part of the hospital was completely destroyed (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

According to the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitchkoso far it has been confirmed that Death of two adults In the children’s school, one of them was a doctor. In addition, there has been at least 16 injuredincluding seven children.

Broken glass and drops of blood splattered the hospital hallways and doors.where emergency workers were combing the area for survivors.

“The facilities are destroyed. At the moment, it is probably impossible to work.”he declared to the AFP Oleksandr, a hospital doctor.

An explosion was later heard in the capital, which sent emergency workers and helping residents running in the rescue operation.

On the bricks and ironwork of the hospital wing completely destroyed by the Russian bombing, firefighters, rescue workers, hospital doctors and ordinary volunteers without uniforms formed a human chain that stretched towards another area less affected by the attack.

(REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

A rescue worker cries after the attack (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Pieces of concrete, pipes torn out by the impact and other fragments of what had been a building only a few hours earlier were passed from hand to hand, trying to clear the area in case a victim appeared.

Local authorities later said a second medical center had been attacked in kyiv.killing at least four people.

Broken glass and drops of blood splattered the hospital’s hallways and doors (Vlada Liberova/Libkos/Getty Images)

One rescuer threw a small pink backpack from the window of the destroyed building, while others rolled huge chunks of brick to clear a path for medics.

The body of an adult was covered with a foil blanket and placed on a patch of grass near the hospital.

A woman sits next to the bodies of her relatives killed during a Russian missile attack in kyiv (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The attack on the hospital came at the same time as Russian airstrikes in cities across Ukraine early Monday killed more than 20 people and wounded dozens more, officials said.

The Russian Defense Ministry later said the damage in kyiv had been caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile. The ministry provided no evidence for its claims, which contradict what the videos showed.

The rare daytime Russian bombing came as Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskylanded in Warsaw before heading to a NATO summit in Washington, where he was expected to ask for more military support from the country’s allies.

(With information from AFP, EFE, Reuters and AP)

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