‘Massive’ Russian missile attack kills at least 23 in Ukrainian city
Reuters People form a human chain to move debris at Okumadit Children's Hospital.Reuters

A human chain was formed to move rubble after the attack damaged the Okumadit Children’s Hospital.

Russia has launched massive missile attacks on cities across Ukraine, killing at least 23 people, officials said.

At least nine people were killed in a rare daytime attack in the capital, Kiev, where the mayor said a children’s hospital had been hit by a missile and was being evacuated.

The military governor of the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih said at least 10 people were killed in the city, three more in the eastern town of Pokrovsk and one in Dnipro.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who is visiting Poland where he is due to sign a security pact, said Russia had fired about 40 missiles at targets across Poland.

Reuters Firefighters and rescue workers in a building in Kiev damaged in Monday's attack.Reuters

The Kiev building was one of the buildings damaged in the daytime bombing.

“More than 40 missiles fell on various cities, including Kiev, Dnipro, Krivoy Rih, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Homes, infrastructure and a children’s hospital were damaged,” President Zelenskyy said.

Pillars of smoke were visible across the capital, Kiev, while videos posted on social media showed destruction inside and outside the Okumadit children’s hospital.

President Zelenskiy said in a social media post that people were trapped under rubble at the hospital.

“Right now, everyone – doctors and ordinary people – is helping to clear the rubble,” the president wrote.

Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said the blast damaged the cancer ward and the intensive care unit. Pictures from the scene showed young children, some of them receiving intravenous drips, sitting outside the hospital as it was evacuated.

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko told Reuters from hospital that the bombing was “one of the worst attacks” on the capital since the start of the war.

He said the attack on the hospital had resulted in “fatalities” and that an exact figure was being revealed.

Reuters: People fleeing in Kiev subway during attackReuters

During the missile attack, people took refuge in the Kiev subway

Meanwhile, Kryvy Rijk’s military governor, Oleksandr Birkul, posted on the Telegram messaging app that at least 10 people had been killed and 31 wounded in the attack on the city, 10 of whom were seriously injured, he said.

Krivoy Rijk is Zelenskyy’s hometown and has come under frequent attack since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Dnipro regional governor Sergey Lysak said one person was killed and six were wounded in the city of Dnipro, adding that high-rise buildings and businesses were hit.

Three people were killed in Pokrovsk, in the eastern Donetsk region, where Russian forces have seized several villages in recent weeks.

The Russian bombing came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Moscow for a two-day state visit and is due to meet President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Monday.

Moscow has not yet commented on the attack but has previously insisted its forces were not targeting civilian infrastructure.

The UN human rights monitor in Ukraine said civilian casualties have risen in recent months as Russia resumed its air campaign, and a recent report said May was the deadliest month for civilians in almost a year.

Zelenskiy has spent months pleading with Western allies to supply additional air defense systems.

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