A Russian missile killed a newborn baby in a repeat attack on a small town

VILNIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile hit the maternity wing of a hospital in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing a newborn and critically injuring a doctor. The overnight explosion reduced the small town hospital to a pile of shattered bricks, scattering medical supplies throughout the small complex.

It was the second fatal strike in a week in the small city of Vilnius, and Mayor Nataliya Usienko said she feared it would not be the last.

“The attack began and the first S300 missile went off. The second rocket hit this place, in the main general hospital, in the maternity wing where people are.” “A woman gave birth two days ago. She gave birth to a son. “Unfortunately, this missile took the life of this child who lived for only two days.”

According to him, six days ago, 11 people were killed as a result of a Russian rocket falling on a residential building.

“It’s very dangerous to be here,” Usienko said. “90% sure to get shot again.”

Municipal workers worked well after the sun went down to shore up walls that were at risk of collapsing, relying on generators for power and powering up power tools.

Natalia Pullman, a resident who passed by the destroyed hospital, said she was upset.

“I have no words, no feelings. I don’t know what a normal person must feel. “I feel pain for the victims,” ​​he said.

Usienko said that the baby boy Kirilo and his mother, who were killed in the rocket attack, were to be released on Wednesday.

The International Rescue Committee’s vice president for emergencies, Bob Kitchen, said he regretted the attack.

“The tragic images we saw this morning of rescuers working at the maternity hospital site show that women and children continue to pay the highest price for this war,” Kitchen said. “No child should be born under rocket attacks. “No child should die under the rubble of hospitals where their mothers seek safety and protection.”

Russia has repeatedly targeted hospitals since the start of the war on February 24, including an airstrike on a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol in March that killed a woman and her unborn child.

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Edith M. Lederer contributed from the United Nations.

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