City officials said at least 17 people were injured in the attack, including children, women and doctors. At least five people have died since the attack. Unmute Mute
“We were lying in the ward when the glass, the frames, the windows and the walls were shattered. We don’t know how it happened. We were in our wards and some had time to cover themselves up. Some are not. ” These are the words of Mariana Vishegirskaya, a survivor of the attack, told the Associated Press (AP).
Vishegirskaya, pregnant and covered in blood, is pictured here walking down the stairs of the damaged building.
She gave birth to a baby girl the next day.
Among the injured was a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher. A surgeon who treated her later confirmed that neither she nor her baby could be saved. The photo shocked the world.
When these harrowing stories emerged, Russian officials cast doubt on their validity in news programs and online.
Although Vishegirskaya spoke publicly about her experience with the AP, Russia still accused her and others of being actors, not actual victims. This is the assertion that the Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands made on a Dutch news program. Unmute Mute
AP later said its reporters on the scene saw no indication that the hospital was being used as a hospital other than a hospital, nor was there anything to suggest that Vishegirskaya was not. is a genuine patient.
Twitter said it had removed a number of tweets from the Russian Embassy in the UK for violating its rules, “especially our Hateful Conduct and Insults policies regarding denial of violent events”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov returned to his original position – that the attack was justified – at the United Nations Security Council the day after the attack. He alleged that the hospital was the base of the Azov battalion, which was incorporated into the Ukrainian armed forces but was formerly an independent nationalist extremist militia. Unmute Mute
World leaders have condemned the attack on Mariupol Hospital 3, among them the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
As well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
US Vice President Kamala Harris described the attack as “gratuitous” and “gratuitous.” Unmute Mute
At the time of publication, Mariupol continued to be besieged with civilian buildings still under attack and many people in danger.