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Russia attacked Ukraine with 38 missiles: a children’s hospital was hit

On the morning of July 8, Russian forces launched a massive missile strike on the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Donetsk regions, causing casualties among citizens and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The enemy used ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as one Kyndzhal aeroballistic missile.

According to preliminary information, as of July 11, at least 44 people were killed and 196 more, including 10 children, were wounded in different regions, stated Svitlana Vodolaha, Head of the press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital after the Russian missile strike. July 8, 2024.
Photo: Bohdan Kutiepov / Ukrainska Pravda

In Kyiv, the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital suffered from the Russian missile strike: one of the hospital buildings had been hit. There have been two killed hospital workers and 16 more wounded victims, including three children.

Update: Search and rescue operations on the territory of the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital were finished. In total, there are two killed victims and 32 wounded. Eight children received injuries due to the Russian shellings, noted the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

According to Vitalii Klychko, Mayor of Kyiv, patients of the children’s hospital, which was targeted by an enemy missile, are being evacuated to city communal hospitals. Later, the investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine established that Russia hit the hospital with a Kh-101 cruise missile.         

Fallen debris from downed enemy targets was recorded in different city districts. As a result, office buildings, private houses, and cars were damaged. In particular, in a multi-story building in the Shevchenkivskyi district, an entire section was completely destroyed after the enemy hit. Rescue and search operations are currently ongoing on the spot as there are people under the rubble.

A destroyed section of the multi-story building in Kyiv. July 8, 2024.
Photo: Viktoriia Kolomiiets / hromadske

As of July 9, at least thirty-two people were killed, including four children, and 120 more, including ten children, were injured due to the Russian missile strikes on the capital of Ukraine, reported the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Update: A boy’s body was found during the night dismantling of debris in the Shevchenkivskyi district of the city. The amount of dead victims has increased to 27 people, including 4 children. 117 more civilians were injured, informed the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Update: The death toll has increased to thirty three people, stated the Kyiv City Military Administration.

Furthermore, three transformer substations of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy company, were either destroyed or damaged in two Kyiv districts.

Moreover, Russian forces carried out a repeated attack on Kyiv within the next few hours. Due to the fallen debris, the medical center building in the Dniprovskyi district suffered partial destruction. As the State Emergency Service of Ukraine specified, there were four killed and three injured victims.   

“Russia cannot claim ignorance of where its missiles are flying and must be held fully accountable for all its crimes. Against people, against children, against humanity in general. It is very important that the world does not remain silent about this now, and that everyone sees what Russia is and what it is doing,” commented President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on X (Twitter).

People dismantle the rubble of the partially destroyed hospital. July 8, 2024.
Photo: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Dnipro and Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk region, as well as Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region, also came under Russian missile attack.

In particular, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, residential buildings and enterprises were damaged, with a total of eleven victims being killed and 59 more being injured.

In Pokrovsk, Russian forces hit a local enterprise: three employees were killed and two more were wounded.

An enterprise in Pokrovsk after the morning Russian missile strike. July 8, 2024.
Photo: Vadym Filashkin, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration

In total, during the morning combined missile strike, Russia used 38 missiles of different types to target Ukrainian territory. The Ukrainian defenders managed to eliminate 30 enemy missiles, including one Kyndzhal aeroballistic missile.