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Ukrainian State Emergency Service, ambulance workers in Vilniansk following reports of shelling at hospital
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Ukrainian State Emergency Service, ambulance workers in Vilniansk following reports of shelling at hospital

Zaporozhye Region, Vilniansk
November 23, 2022 at 23:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) staff were seen clearing debris and assisting people in Vilniansk, Zaporozhye region, on Wednesday, after the group claimed that shelling had destroyed a maternity ward at the local hospital.

"On the night of November 23, in the city of Vilniansk, Zaporozhye region, the two-story building of the polyclinic maternity ward was destroyed as a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital," the statement read.

Footage features SESU and ambulance workers on the ground, carrying stretchers and offering water.

The organisation claimed said that a newborn child had died as a result of shelling. The National Police of Ukraine also reported the story, although there was no official video evidence of the incident at the time of publication.

"The impact took the life of an infant and caused minor injuries to his mother. Two more doctors who were injured were given medical assistance," their statement claimed.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the incident in a Facebook post, claiming there may be survivors still trapped under the debris.

"The terrorist state continues to fight against civilians and civilian objects. As a result of a missile attack on the maternity ward of Vilnyansk hospital, an infant died and a woman was injured. There are probably still people under the rubble," he wrote.

Moscow has not commented on the claims. It has strongly denied targeting civilians, saying that its strikes are limited to military and energy infrastructure.

On September 30, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of Zaporozhye, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and Kherson to the Russian Federation.

According to Moscow, the move followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev's sovereign territory.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and full mobilisation in February.

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State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) staff were seen clearing debris and assisting people in Vilniansk, Zaporozhye region, on Wednesday, after the group claimed that shelling had destroyed a maternity ward at the local hospital.

"On the night of November 23, in the city of Vilniansk, Zaporozhye region, the two-story building of the polyclinic maternity ward was destroyed as a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital," the statement read.

Footage features SESU and ambulance workers on the ground, carrying stretchers and offering water.

The organisation claimed said that a newborn child had died as a result of shelling. The National Police of Ukraine also reported the story, although there was no official video evidence of the incident at the time of publication.

"The impact took the life of an infant and caused minor injuries to his mother. Two more doctors who were injured were given medical assistance," their statement claimed.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the incident in a Facebook post, claiming there may be survivors still trapped under the debris.

"The terrorist state continues to fight against civilians and civilian objects. As a result of a missile attack on the maternity ward of Vilnyansk hospital, an infant died and a woman was injured. There are probably still people under the rubble," he wrote.

Moscow has not commented on the claims. It has strongly denied targeting civilians, saying that its strikes are limited to military and energy infrastructure.

On September 30, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of Zaporozhye, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and Kherson to the Russian Federation.

According to Moscow, the move followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev's sovereign territory.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and full mobilisation in February.