|Vinnytsia Ukraine, 12 people killed, because 3 Russian missiles|
Three Russian missiles hit the heart of the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine on Thursday (14/7/2022). The State Emergency Service said 12 people were killed, including a child, and 25 injured. National police chief Ihor Klymenko, citing preliminary information, said the missile hit an office block and damaged a residential building nearby, causing a large blaze that spread to the parking lot and set vehicles on fire. "There were wounded and dead, among them a small child," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Telegram, as reported by CNA.
"What is this, if not an act of open terrorism?" Russia's defense ministry did not immediately comment on the report from Vinnytsia. Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, denies deliberately targeting civilians. In the last specialist maternity ward still under Ukrainian control in the eastern Donbas region, the windows are filled with sandbags. The rooms used for births at the Perinatal Center in the city of Pokrovsk follow the two-wall rule, which says the safest part of a building is separated from the outside by at least two walls. "Sometimes we have to deliver babies during shootings," said Dr Ivan Tsyganok, head of the centre.
"Labor is an unstoppable process." According to CNA, the center, located some 40 km from the nearest front line, provides a glimpse of the suffering that war has wrought on pregnant women. There is anxiety about where they can give birth, fears of whether hospitals will be attacked, and what doctors have observed are increasing rates of early delivery. Tsyganok fears the stresses of living under Russian incursion have led to a spike in preterm births, a fear that emerged in preliminary data from the center, shared with Reuters, and observed elsewhere in the conflict zone.
Russia denies targeting civilians but many cities, towns and villages in Ukraine have fallen into ruins as Europe's biggest conflict since World War II continues towards the five-month mark. Russia denies targeting civilians but many cities, towns and villages in Ukraine have fallen into ruins as Europe's biggest conflict since World War II continues towards the five-month mark.