26 Ukrainian health centers attacked by Russia, WHO says
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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Thursday that Russian attacked 26 health centers in Ukraine between February 24, when the invasion began, and Wednesday.
The 26 health facilities include the children’s/maternity hospital which Russian forces attacked in Mariupol on Wednesday, killing three and injuring 17.
“A total of 12 people died and 34 were injured,” the WHO said in a tweet. “Other incidents are being verified. WHO strongly condemns these attacks.
An official in eastern Ukraine said on Friday that a Russian missile had hit a care facility for people with disabilities, according to AFP. The official added that there were 330 people inside the building near Oskil at the time of the attack and that at least 63 of those people have since been evacuated.
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“Fortunately, there were no casualties,” the news agency said citing local emergency services.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded 1,546 civilian casualties in Ukraine since February 24, including 564 civilians killed and 982 injured. Among those who died are 41 children, although Ukraine’s human rights commissioner, the Verkhovna Rada, said on Thursday that 71 children had been killed and more than 100 injured.
More than 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday he had a “substantive conversation” with President Biden during which he “informed [the president] on Russia’s crimes against the civilian population.”
“We agreed on new measures to support Ukraine’s defense and strengthen sanctions against Russia,” Zelenskyy added.
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Biden said on Friday that the United States knows “Putin’s war against Ukraine will never be a victory” and that the Russian leader has had a series of failures as the invasion continues.
“He was hoping dominate Ukraine without a fight – he failed. He hoped to break European resolve – he failed,” Biden told reporters. “He hoped to weaken the transatlantic alliance – he failed. He hoped to divide American democracies based on our positions – he failed.”
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this post.