The Russian strikes on children hospitalised in Kiev are part of a strategy based on war crimes.

The column, by Giorgio Provinciali, journalist with La Ragione. The article below was written for the Ragione

Kyiv – In the aftermath of the French electorate’s blunt refusal to hand over their country to an openly pro-Russian government and the visit to Moscow of the most Putin-like of European leaders, the Russian dictator responded to the truce proposals with one of the most violent and barbaric attacks on Ukraine since the beginning of the war.

38 missiles of various types targeted the entire country yesterday. Although Ukraine had just received its third German Patriot anti-aircraft system, stopping that devastating rain of fire was impossible.

The epicenter of the Russian terrorist attack was the capital, where criminals under Putin’s orders carried out a massacre by firing an X-101 missile (not a Kinzhal, as I heard reported by other colleagues in connection with Italy) at the “Okhmadyt” pediatric oncology hospital.

Hundreds of Ukrainian children were hospitalized there because, in addition to chemotherapy treatments, dialysis was also possible in its intensive care unit.

The result was carnage: the entire wing of the hospital complex overlooking the entrance on Sirka Street collapsed, swallowing dozens of doctors, nurses, patients and visitors under an avalanche of debris. The passers-by who rushed together immediately formed a living chain together with the remaining doctors, long enough to reach the opposite side of the avenue, thus allowing the immediate removal of the rubble.

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The provisional toll at the time of delivery of this article is 22 dead and 96 injured (of which at least ten are small children) but, according to what some colleagues from the first Ukrainian television station reported, at least two of the seriously injured who were transported from urgently in another hospital in Kyiv they would have died. At least 56 people were transferred for further treatment, while the remainder were treated on site.

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While this was happening, other explosions continued to follow one another, suggesting a devastating double tap, which would have resulted in hundreds more victims. Despite this, the rescuers continued their work supported by an impressive number of civilians and soldiers who rushed to the scene. The objective was to save as many lives as possible, regardless of the fact that they themselves could soon become victims of a second Russian attack (as has happened many other times).

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In the attack, the Russians seriously damaged or completely destroyed three other energy substations of the «Dtek» group, located in the Holosiivskyj and Shevchenkivskyj districts of the capital.

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Among the other targets of those missiles were the Ukrainian civilian population of the city of Dnipro (where the Russians partially destroyed a skyscraper, a commercial business and a petrol station, killing at least one man and wounding six), of Kryvyj Rih ( where a violent attack against administrative infrastructure caused at least 12 deaths and 47 injuries) and then Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Pokrovsk, where at least three deaths were reported.

photo source: Ukrinform

The overall number – it is largely provisional – from this start of the week soaked in innocent blood is over two hundred victims.

photo source: Ukrinform

After having seen such barbaric shootings against children who were already quite affected by life, after having seen dozens of them without hair finishing their chemotherapy cycle with drips in their arms while the Russians continued to shoot at them, and after having seen so much blood flowing through the rubble that it was soaking the coats of the desperate health workers who were trying to save innocent souls from death, one wonders how many more times we will have to hear the appeals of these people and their President suffocated (the latest in the last few hours, with the request to convene the Society Council of the UN) from that ‘fear of escalation’ whose meaning we are frankly starting to understand no longer.