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Russian Airstrikes Kill at Least 31 in Ukraine, Including Children at Hospital

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Russian Airstrikes Kill at Least 31 Across Ukraine

At least 31 people were killed in Russian airstrikes across Ukraine on Monday, including two people at a children's hospital in Kyiv. The United Nations said there was a "high likelihood" the hospital suffered a direct hit from a Russian missile.

Ukrainian officials accused Russia of hitting the Okhmatdyt children's hospital with a cruise missile, part of a wave of daytime strikes that killed at least 40 people across the country. President Biden condemned the attack, calling it a "horrific reminder of Russia's brutality."

The U.S. leader said he and Ukraine's other Western partners would announce new measures to strengthen Ukraine's air defenses at the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., this week.

Russia denied responsibility for the hospital strike, claiming without evidence that all the damage in Kyiv was caused by Ukraine's own air defense interceptor missiles. However, video clips widely shared on social media and analyzed by CBS News appear to show a direct strike on the hospital with a Russian cruise missile.

Ukraine's SBU intelligence agency also posted images on social media showing what it said were clearly identifiable parts of the Russian cruise missile that hit the hospital.

A maternity hospital in the Ukrainian capital was also damaged Monday, killing seven people. Ukraine's military said the casualties were "a result of the Russian attack."

Danielle Bell, head of the U.N. Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, called Monday's Russian missile salvo "one of the most egregious attacks that we've seen since the onset of the full-scale invasion" in February 2022.

Bell said her team and military experts had observed the damage at the hospital and spoken to staff, patients' parents, and local residents. She said Russia had likely fired from an aircraft a Kh-101 air-to-surface cruise missile armed with about 500 pounds of explosives.

CBS News' own analysis of the widely circulated videos also suggests it was a Kh-101 missile that hit the hospital on Monday. While the impact is obscured by another building in the clips, the missile can be clearly seen flying toward the ground, followed by a flash. CBS News has geolocated the video to confirm it shows the strike on the hospital.

Bell said that at the time of the attack, 670 child patients and more than a thousand medical staff were at the Okhmatdyt paediatric hospital. The hospital is a specialist facility where families from across the country bring their children for treatment of serious medical conditions including cancer and kidney disease.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09