Pregnant mum & baby die after Russian airstrike on hospital as she was seen being carried out of ruins in horror pic

A PREGNANT woman and her unborn baby died after a Russian airstrike hit a maternity hospital in Ukraine.

A harrowing picture shows the woman being stretchered from the hospital and she later screamed “kill me, kill me” when she found her baby was lost – before she died herself

The airstrike occurred at the maternity hospital in Mariupol


The airstrike occurred at the maternity hospital in MariupolCredit: AP
The attack at the maternity ward left seventeen people wounded


The attack at the maternity ward left seventeen people wounded
Dead bodies are laid in a newly-dug mass grave in Mariupol


Dead bodies are laid in a newly-dug mass grave in MariupolCredit: AP

The Russian airstrike destroyed the maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol

At least three people were killed in the attack, including a young girl, and 17 people were wounded after a .

President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed the hospital suffered a “direct strike” and children were left buried under the rubble on Wednesday afternoon, branding the attack as an act of “genocide”.

Women waiting to give birth were wounded in the strike, while children were buried in the rubble.

A bleeding woman with a swollen belly was seen being carried on a stretcher past burned and mangled cars.

The explosion was so powerful that the ground shook more than a mile away from the blast.

Pictures show an enormous crater left by the shelling, as explosions blew out windows and destroyed much of the front of the building.

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Officials were last night racing to rescue trapped survivors as temperatures plunge to minus four degrees Celsius (24.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

In a statement, the Mariupol city government said on Telegram: “Today it is known that after the terrorist bombing of a children’s hospital in Mariupol by Russian planes, 17 people were injured (children, women, doctors), three died, including one child – a girl.

“Russian troops are purposefully and ruthlessly destroying the civilian population of Mariupol,” the statement went on.

“The whole world should know about Russia’s crime against humanity, against Ukraine and against the people of Mariupol!”

Mariupol’s deputy mayor Sergei Orlov said the child killed in the hospital strike is a six-year-old girl.

“The last information that we have about victims is that most of the visitors were in a bomb shelter,” he said.

“That’s why we have information about 17 injured people – and that’s mostly pregnant women and doctors who work in this hospital.”

The World Health Organisation has confirmed 18 attacks on Ukrainian medical facilities since the start of the Russian invasion two weeks ago.

Orlov went on: “We had three buildings there, maternity hospital, children’s hospital and children’s therapy.

“It’s good most of the visitors were in bomb shelters. We have more victims of this awful crime, so we transferred all of the suffered people and injured people to other hospitals, but this hospital was destroyed by Russian bombing for the last 5 days.

“We don’t know where to put our injured people. We can confirm only the numbers (dead) the day before yesterday, so we have 1,207 civilians killed in Mariupol.

“There are only bodies we can collect on the street and it’s not possible to bury them in private graves out of the city, that’s why we only have one possibility to bury them in mass graves and unfortunately, we cannot identify them all.”

Wednesday’s airstrike was carried out during an agreed ceasefire period that was meant to allow the evacuation of civilians from the besieged southern city, said regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

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Horror footage showed the charred remains of the hospital with wounded staff and patients being rushed out of the building into a devastating scene of burning cars and smouldering rubble.

The video showed holes where windows should have been in what appeared to be a badly damaged three-storey building at the hospital.

A wounded mum-to-be, who was led out of the wrecked unit, wrapped in a duvet to keep warm in the freezing temperatures.

Harrowing pictures show corpses being put in body bags and dumped in mass graves following the shelling.

Workers can be seen digging a 25m trench at one of the old cemeteries in the besieged port city, making the sign of the cross as they push the dead bodies into the pit.

The corpses were wrapped in carpets or bags.

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Also on Wednesday in Zhytomyr, located to the west of Kyiv, bombs fell on two hospitals, including one children’s hospital. No injuries were reported in that strike, according to Mayor Serhii Sukhomlyn, posting an update to Facebook.

Previous attempts to allow civilians to evacuate safely failed, with harrowing images showing people running for shelter.

The city council accused brutal Russian forces of “dropping several bombs” on the hospital with footage showing a huge crater outside one of the buildings.

Mariupol city council said: “The Russian occupying forces have dropped several bombs on the children’s hospital. The destruction is colossal.”

President Zelensky shared footage of the harrowing scene inside the building and said: “Direct strike of Russian troops at the maternity hospital. People, children are under the wreckage. Atrocity!

“How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terror? Close the sky right now! Stop the killings! You have power but you seem to be losing humanity.”

In a separate Telegram video, Zelensky released another video message, urging Europeans to “tighten the sanctions.”

Bodies were wrapped in carpets or bags before being rolled into the trench


Bodies were wrapped in carpets or bags before being rolled into the trenchCredit: AP
The makeshift grave was dug at the edge of the old cemetery


The makeshift grave was dug at the edge of the old cemeteryCredit: AP
A dad pictured carrying his child after the airstrike


A dad pictured carrying his child after the airstrikeCredit: AP
The city council claimed Russian forces'dropped several bombs'


The city council claimed Russian forces ‘dropped several bombs’Credit: Twitter
The attack destroyed the maternity hospital


The attack destroyed the maternity hospitalCredit: AP
The strike hit a maternity hospital in Mariupol


The strike hit a maternity hospital in MariupolCredit: Twitter
Horror footage showed people being rushed out of the building


Horror footage showed people being rushed out of the buildingCredit: Twitter

“Europeans, you can’t say you didn’t see what is happening. You have to tighten the sanctions until Russia can’t continue their savage war,” Zelensky said.

“What kind of country bombs hospitals? Is afraid of hospitals? Of a maternity ward?”

The Ukraine president has repeatedly urged the US and other Nato nations to impose a no-fly zone to protect his citizens against bombing, rocket attacks and advancing Russian troops.

But Nato members warned a no-fly zone could lead to direct clashes between Russian and Nato forces.

Boris Johnson slammed the “depraved” airstrike in Mariupol which targeted “vulnerable and defenceless” mums and babies.

“There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless,” the PM said.

“The UK is exploring more support for Ukraine to defend against airstrikes and we will hold Putin to account for his terrible crimes.”

Ukrainian MP Dmytro Gurin claimed “many” women had been killed or wounded in the Russian bombardment.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the attack was “abhorrent”.

Meanwhile, British security services fear Russia could use chemical weapons as Putin “tightens the noose” on Ukraine.

Western officials fear Mad Vlad will use non-conventional weapons such as weaponised sarin, chlorine and mustard gas.

One said: “We’ve got good reason to be concerned about possible use of non-conventional weapons.

“Partly because we’ve seen what has happened in other theatres for example in Syria… so it’s a serious concern for us.”

Days of shelling in Mariupol have cut residents off from the outside world and forced them to scavenge for food and water.

Mariupol’s deputy mayor said 1,170 civilians have been killed in the city since the start of the Russian invasion.

Serhiy Orlov was quoted as saying: “At least 1,170 people have been killed and 47 were buried in a mass grave today.

“People are without water, heat, electricity, gas, residents are melting snow to drink.”

The whole world should know about Russia’s crime against humanity, against Ukraine

Mariupol city government

On Tuesday, a girl, eight, died of dehydration after Russian attacks left her without access to water, power, or heating.

And a Red Cross aid mission was allegedly hit by a Russian bomb in the city, amid reports victims of shelling are being buried in mass graves.

Two bombs were dropped in the attack on the International and the Ukrainian Committees of the Red Cross, according to unverified reports.

The Red Cross described conditions inside the city as “apocalyptic”, with residents sheltering underground from relentless bombardment.

Despite Russian and Ukrainian officials agreeing to establish “humanitarian corridors” to allow civilians out of some cities, Russia has been accused of shelling evacuation routes.

The hospital was'completely destroyed'


The hospital was ‘completely destroyed’Credit: Twitter
A huge hole in the ground at what appeared to be the grounds of the hospital


A huge hole in the ground at what appeared to be the grounds of the hospitalCredit: Facebook
The scene at the maternity hospital after Putin's forces shelled it


The scene at the maternity hospital after Putin’s forces shelled itCredit: Twitter
The damage inside the hospital after the airstrike


The damage inside the hospital after the airstrike
A girl sits in the improvised bomb shelter in Mariupol


A girl sits in the improvised bomb shelter in MariupolCredit: AP
A man lights a fire under the kettle in a yard of a building hit by shelling in Mariupol


A man lights a fire under the kettle in a yard of a building hit by shelling in MariupolCredit: AP
Before and after pictures show the extent of the damage to Mariupol


Before and after pictures show the extent of the damage to MariupolCredit: Rex
The city has seen two weeks of Russian shelling


The city has seen two weeks of Russian shellingCredit: Rex

The Ukrainian defence ministry said Russian forces “launched an attack right at the humanitarian corridor” and “did not let children, women and elderly people leave the city”.

Earlier Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia had broken the ceasefire around the southern port – which lies between Russian-backed separatist areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

He said: “Russia continues holding hostage over 400,000 people in Mariupol, blocks humanitarian aid and evacuation. Indiscriminate shelling continues.

“Almost 3,000 newborn babies lack medicine and food.”

Thousands of people are thought to have been killed in Ukraine – both civilians and soldiers – in two weeks of fighting since Putin’s forces stormed the country.

The UN said more than two million people have now fled the country – the biggest exodus of refugees in Europe since the end of World War Two.

Authorities announced a new ceasefire yesterday to allow civilians to escape from towns around Kyiv, as well as Mariupol, Enerhodar, Volnovakha, Izyum and Sumy.

Ukraine has blamed Russia for violating ceasefire agreements, although the Russian military denies firing on civilian convoys.

US defence officials estimate that Russia has fired more than 600 missiles from inside or at Ukraine since February 24.

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It comes as Russia’s stranded troops are facing freezing to death in their tanks as Putin’s military becomes bogged down in the mud and an unwinnable war in Ukraine.

A 40-mile long convoy of tanks and armoured vehicles remains trapped outside Kyiv – more than a week after launching their assault on the Ukrainian capital.

As a sudden cold snap sends temperatures in Eastern Europe plunging to -10C overnight – or -20C including windchill – Russian troops are trapped in what one ex-soldier called “40-ton iron freezers”.

Icy conditions are also set to make life even harder for Putin‘s invaders, who have been stuck around 20 miles from Kyiv for days amid mechanical problems, fuel supply issues, and solid Ukrainian resistance.

Aerial satellite images taken on Wednesday morning show the traffic jam of Russian military vehicle close to Antonov Airport, just a few miles northwest of the outskirts of Kyiv.

Former British Army Major Kevin Price told the Mail Online that Russia’s tanks will become nothing more than “40-ton freezers” as temperatures plummet, and said that the bitter conditions will further dampen the morale of the Russian military.

Already, reports are coming in of demoralised Russian troops complaining about the war in intercepted phone calls to comrades and loved ones.

In the calls, Putin’s troops claim the war could drag on for “months” and say they are being “massacred” in Ukraine.

Russian soldiers are reportedly “deserting their posts” after “large-scale losses”, including the deaths of top generals.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that Russian troops are having “morale problems”.

He said: “They are having supply problems. They are having fuel problems. They’re having food problems.

“They are meeting a very stiff and determined Ukrainian resistance. And we still maintain that they are several days behind what they probably thought they were going to be in terms of their progress.”

Earlier this week, President Zelensky warned the international community would be responsible for a mass “humanitarian catastrophe” if it doesn’t agree to a no-fly zone.

He also warned the country is at maximum threat level.

“Russia uses missiles, aircraft and helicopters against us, against civilians, against our cities, against our infrastructure. It is the humanitarian duty of the world to respond,” he said in his daily televised address.

He said Ukraine has shown in the past two weeks that they will never give in.

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