Video of the devastating strike in the maternity ward of Mariupol Hospital

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Video of the devastating strike in the maternity ward of Mariupol Hospital

An apparent Russian attack on Wednesday damaged and destroyed buildings, including a maternity ward, at a hospital complex in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, according to multiple videos verified by The New York Times.

Videos from the hospital showed several injured people being evacuated. In an interview with a Ukrainian television station, regional governor Pavlo Kirilenko said seventeen people were injured, including staff members and patients in the maternity ward.

The number of casualties was not immediately clear. It is also not clear whether the hospital was fully functional or partially evacuated at the time of the strike. The strike was another clear example of Russia’s siege strategy affecting civilian infrastructure in Ukrainian cities, leading the authorities to call a humanitarian crisis in Mariupol.

For days, heavy Russian bombing has cut off electricity, water and heat to residents in Mariupol, a strategic port city. The city forms part of a significant portion of territory that Russia is trying to capture in an apparent attempt to annex Russian-backed separatist enclaves in the southeast with Crimea, the southern peninsula Russia seized in 2014.

Russia and Ukraine agreed to a limited ceasefire on Saturday morning, only to see it dismantled within hours under Russian shelling.

The Ukrainian government blamed Russia for the hospital strike, and witnesses and a local news outlet claimed it was caused by bombs dropped by Russian warplanes.

The video showed the strike shrapnel several buildings and blew windows of several buildings at City Hospital No. A pit in a courtyard between the buildings seemed to be more than 10 feet deep.

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Witnesses from Wikimapia and open source information identified the buildings as a children’s clinic, an ophthalmology department, and a maternity ward.

“Planes attacked the maternity ward. This is Russian for you,” says a man filming one of the videos.

The hospital appears to be one of several sites devastated by a bombing raid in central Mariupol. Another video filmed on University Street, two blocks east, showed the Mariupol City Council building and Pryazovsky State Technical University heavy damage, including blown windows.

Some of the footage appears to have been taken by members of Ukraine’s regional defense forces and local police.

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