Ukraine mourns day after deadly attack

A day of mourning continues in Ukraine after the country’s worst wave of Russian missile attacks in months left at least 41 people dead and 166 wounded.

A major children’s hospital in the capital, Kiev, was among the buildings attacked in cities across the country on Monday.

Two killed by missile Collapsed section of Omatdit Children’s Hospital The search for survivors of the earthquake and rubble at Ukraine’s largest pediatric facility continued into the early hours of Tuesday.

Russia denied that the hospital was targeted, saying it was hit by shrapnel from a Ukrainian air defense missile, but Ukraine claimed to have found remains of a Russian cruise missile.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack “brutal” and described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “bloodthirsty criminal”.

NATO is due to hold a summit in Washington later on Tuesday with the military alliance’s response to the invasion of Ukraine being a high item on the agenda.

World leaders allied with Ukraine, including Britain’s new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, condemned the attack.

He described “attacking innocent children” as the “most depraved act” and promised to continue supporting Kiev even after regime change in Britain.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the attack a “horrifying reminder of Russian brutality” and said additional support for Ukraine’s air defense systems would be announced soon.

Zelenskiy said Russia had fired more than 40 missiles on Monday, damaging around 100 buildings in Kiev, Dnipro, Krivoy Rih, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

Pictures from the scene of the explosion at a Kiev hospital specialising in cancer treatment and organ transplants showed children hooked up to intravenous drips sitting outside the ruins of the facility, waiting to be evacuated.

Rescue workers and medical personnel dug through the rubble looking for survivors, but it was unclear how many were still trapped.

On Monday afternoon, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 16 people, including seven children, were wounded in the attack on the hospital.

The president said the city-wide attacks were among the worst Kiev had seen since the start of the war and ordered flags flown at half-mast on Tuesday and canceled entertainment events.

Following the strike, Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina wore a black ribbon as a mark of respect when she played in the last 16 at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon.

“It wasn’t easy to concentrate on the game today,” she said in the post-match interview, fighting back tears.

“It was hard to read the news in the morning. It was also very tough to get on the court.”

The United Nations human rights monitor in Ukraine said civilian casualties have risen in recent months as Russia resumed its air campaign.

Recent reports suggest that May was the deadliest month for civilian deaths in almost a year.

The governor of the southern Russian region of Rostov said on Tuesday morning that a fire had broken out at the power plant after Ukraine had launched “dozens” of drones.

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