April 24, 2024

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Pregnant woman, wounded during shelling of Mariupol maternity hospital, dies

A seriously wounded woman who was injured in an airstrike on a maternity hospital in Mariupol has died. It was also not possible to save her unborn child.

According to euronews, 17 people were injured in an airstrike, 3 people were killed (including a child). Pregnant women were placed on the outskirts of the city in another hospital.

DW reports, referring to the AP agency, that, according to the surgeon Timur Marina, the pelvis was crushed in the woman in labor. After caesarean section, the child showed no signs of life. More than 30 minutes of resuscitation of the mother also did not give any results. The agency did not release the name of the woman.

Ukraine called the bombing a war crime, Volodymyr Zelensky calls on the West to introduce a no-fly zone over the country. The Russian side called the Ukrainian and Western media reports “fake news”, saying that the building housed the positions of the Azov battalion, and the patients had not been there for a long time by the time of the strike.

The day after the bombing, she gave birth to another maternity home bombing victim – Mariana Vyshegirskaya, her niece from Turkey told the media. The representative of Ukraine to the UN said that the parents named their daughter Veronica. Sergei Kislitsa, during his speech, held a photo of Ms. Vyshegirskaya and her newborn daughter, criticizing the “Russian lies” about the woman after the tragic incident – she “became the target of a Russian disinformation campaign” after the explosion.

Mariupol authorities report more than 2,000 dead civilians in the besieged city. Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of shelling and blocking humanitarian corridors. On Monday, the International Red Cross called the situation in Mariupol catastrophic.

Our publication reported that Consul of Greece continues to be in the besieged Mariupol, for security reasons he closed himself in the OSCE shelter in the midst of hostilities in the destroyed city. Over the past 24 hours, Mariupol has been especially hard hit, fighting unfolded within the city. Among the civilians who were never able to get out with the help of humanitarian corridors, there are Greeks, as well as the Greek consul Manolis Androulakis.

Yesterday from Mariupol towards Berdyansk, and then Zaporozhye launched a humanitarian corridor. By 15:00 local time, 160 cars had left the city, and according to the mayor’s adviser, the passage of roadblocks does not cause problems. Andryushchenko noted yesterday that the authorities cannot guarantee the safety of this corridor, but this is the only way with official confirmation that works.

Mariupol with a population of 430 thousand people was completely blocked by March 2. According to both sides, the city has been in a humanitarian crisis since the beginning of March – problems with water, electricity and food. Corridors for the evacuation of civilians, the opening of which was repeatedly announced, did not actually work for a long time.

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