Shocking footage shows a Russian airstrike hitting an ambulance outside a Ukrainian children’s hospital, where authorities say at least two people, including a child, were killed.
The security footage from Monday shows a handful of ambulances parked in Mykolaiv Oblast — with a sudden blast hitting the left side of a yellow one nearest the camera.
As the area flashes in flames, the emergency vehicle shudders and its doors swing open from the impact as smoke envelops the area.
Mykolaiv Oblast Gov. Vitaliy Kim posted the video to Facebook, writing that the “attack on a secret medical facility was a children’s hospital.”
The comment was a sarcastic reference to Russia’s previous claims that other blown-up medical targets — including a maternity hospital in Mariupol — were secretly housing neo-Nazi troops, not the pregnant patients left blood-soaked and terrified.
The head of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, Anna Zamazeeva, had said that two people — a man and a child — died during Monday’s strike at the children’s hospital.
They were among nine killed in the area that day, with 61 others injured, she said, calling it “another horrible day” in a “war without rules.”
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it had a four-person team there at the time — and their vehicle was one of those that had its windows “blown out by the blasts.”
A cancer hospital that has also been treating those wounded in the war was also hit, along with the neighboring kids’ hospital, according to MSF — which said the damage “could be consistent with the use of cluster bombs.”
“Several explosions took place in close proximity to our staff over the course of about 10 minutes,” Michel-Olivier Lacharité, MSF head of mission in Ukraine, said in a statement.
“As they were leaving the area, the MSF team saw injured people and at least one dead body,” he said, noting the charity’s staffers all sought cover and survived.
“Bombing such a large area within a residential neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon cannot but cause civilian casualties and hit public buildings,” says Lacharité, adding at least three hospitals had been hit in just two days.
“Hospitals, patients and medical staff must absolutely be spared from attack.”