A team from the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Ukraine described a bomb attack on a hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, which she witnessed. Several people were injured and one died, according to a press release quoted by CNN.
The four-person MSF team traveled to Mykolaiv on Monday to meet with city and regional health officials and visit the oncology hospital. At around 15:30 local time, the area around the hospital was attacked with gunfire, according to a statement issued by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Tuesday.
“Several explosions took place in the immediate vicinity of our staff in about 10 minutes,” said Michel-Olivier Lacharité, head of the MSF mission in Ukraine, which is currently in Odessa.
“While leaving the area, the MSF team saw injured people and at least one person dead. However, we are not able to give an exact number of dead and injured, “Lacharité said in a statement.
“Fortunately, our staff managed to take shelter and no one was injured in the blasts, although the windows of the vehicle parked in front of the hospital entrance were shattered by the blasts,” the statement said.
MSF also said that the pediatric hospital in the region was also hit by the explosions, according to blacknews.ro.
A team from Médecins Sans Frontières says this bomb from Mykolaiv did not leave a large crater, but several small holes could be seen
According to MSF, no large craters were visible, but the team described numerous small holes in the ground over a large area.
“Bombing such a large area in a residential neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon can only cause civilian casualties and hit public buildings,” Lacharité added.
“Hospitals, patients and medical staff must be spared,” he said.
CNN reported earlier that Russia’s bombing of the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea, continued on Monday, as it had for several weeks, with attacks during the morning and afternoon. A CNN team at a crossroads south of Mykolaiv was a few meters away from the received artillery fire on Monday, destroying the car.
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