| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Russia accuses Ukraine of killing 14 in ‘deliberate’ strike on hospital

In what it described as a war crime that left 14 people dead and 24 patients and medical workers injured, Russia accused the Ukrainian military of deliberately attacking a hospital on Saturday in an area of eastern Ukraine that is under Russian control.

The charges received no immediate response from Ukraine. The report could not be independently verified by Reuters.

According to a statement from the Russian defense ministry, the alleged attack used a HIMARS rocket launch system and targeted a hospital in the Russian-controlled settlement of Novoaidar.

“A deliberate missile strike against a known functioning civilian medical facility is without doubt a serious war crime by the Kyiv regime,” the defense ministry said.

“All those involved in the planning and execution of this crime will be found and held accountable.”

Civilian and military medics had been working in the hospital for many months treating local people and soldiers, it said.

Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of frequent war crimes in the conflict in which thousands of civilians have been killed and cities and towns pounded by artillery and air strikes. Russia denies targeting civilians.

  • Reuters