Russian missile strikes children’s hospital in Kyiv, several feared trapped

At least 30 people were killed in multiple Russian missile strikes on Monday

Russia Ukraine war Rescuers and volunteers clean up the rubble and search victims after Russian missile hit the country's main children hospital Okhmadit during massive missile attack on many Ukrainian cities in Kyiv, Ukraine | AP

The Russian missile attack on Kyiv damaged Ukraine's biggest children's medical facility on Monday. Also, at least 30 people were killed in multiple Russian missile strikes across Ukraine. Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital is a leading treatment centre in the country for children's cancer. Several people were feared trapped under the rubble as the rescue operations took place in the area. 

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the attack and said the exact number of casualties is still unknown. Reportedly, at least seven people including children were killed in the attack.

"Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital in Kyiv. One of the most important CHILDREN’S hospitals not only in Ukraine but also in Europe. Okhmatdyt has been saving and restoring the health of thousands of children...Now that the hospital has been damaged by a Russian strike, there are people under the rubble, and the exact number of casualties is still unknown," said Zelenskyy. 

In another attack in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, at least 15 people were killed. According to Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the city administration, the massive missile attack on the city injured around 30 people. 

Zelenskyy said that it is very important that the world should not be silent about the Russian attacks. 

The attack comes on the eve of a three-day NATO summit in Washington. 

A two-storey building at the children's hospital was partly destroyed. On the hospital's main 10-storey building, windows and doors were blown and walls were blackened. 

Medical personnel and local people helped shift the rubble as they searched for children and medical workers who could be trapped underneath. 

The Kyiv city administration reported falling debris, presumably from intercepted missiles, in a handful of Kyiv areas. Smoke rose from several Kyiv neighbourhoods as the strikes continued. 

The head of Ukraine's presidential office, Andrii Yermak, said the attack occurred at a time when many people were in the city's streets.

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