A man views the devastation from a Russian missile attack on a children’s hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 8, 2024 (Wall Street Journal)


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Map: Institute for the Study of War


UPDATE 1109 GMT:

Switzerland has imposed sanctions on another 69 Russian individuals and 86 entities.

The Swiss Economy Ministry said that following European Union measures adopted on June 24, it was targeting “businesspersons, propagandists, members of the armed forces and judiciary, persons responsible for the deportation of Ukrainian children”, and members of Russia’s State security service FSB.

The sanctioned entities include companies operating in Russia’s defence industry and firms in the financial and trade sectors involved in circumventing sanctions.

Switzerland has now cited more than 2,200 individuals and entities “in line with the EU”.

The Swiss Government has also banned advertising for Russian media outlets Voice of Europe, RIA Novosti, Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta “owing to Russia’s continuous propaganda and disinformation campaigns”.


UPDATE 1055 GMT:

The Ukraine Internal Affairs Ministry says rescue workers have now reached the basement of the damaged Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in Kyiv, but five to six tons of building materials need to be sifted and removed.

The hospital had around 670 child patients and 1,000 staff at the time of the attack on Kyiv yesterday, said Danielle Bell, the head of the UN’s human monitoring mission.

“Staff had moved the children to a bunker yesterday morning when the air raid sirens first went off, otherwise the casualties would have been much higher,” she noted.

Bell supported the conclusion of Ukraine State security service SBU that the hospital was struck by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile.

Analysis of the video footage and an assessment made at the incident site indicates a high likelihood that the children’s hospital suffered a direct hit rather than receiving damage due to an intercepted weapon system.


UPDATE 0823 GMT:

A child wounded in Russia’s missile strike on the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in Kyiv on Monday:


UPDATE 0810 GMT:

Ukrainian drones struck an electrical substation and an oil depot in Russia’s Volgograd region overnight.

Governor Andrei Bocharov said several drones were destroyed or suppressed, but acknowledged the blazes.

The regional department of the Emergency Situations Ministry said, “In the city of Kalach-na-Donu, on the territory of a private oil depot, gasoline tanks are burning.”

A Ukrainian security official said drones also hit the Akhtubinsk airfield in the Astrakhan region in southern Russia and an electricity substation in the Rostov region in the southwest.


UPDATE 0756 GMT:

A Russian military court has condemned director Yevgenia Berkovich, 39, and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk, 44, to six years in a penal colony on charges of “justifying terrorism”.

The two women went through a closed-door trial in Moscow last week. They were seized in May 2023 over their award-winning 2022 play, “Finist the Brave Falcon”, about Russian women who fall in love with Islamist militants and plan to join them in Syria.

Lawyer Ksenia Karpinskaya said the verdict will be appealed: “The girls are completely innocent. There was nothing new in the closed part.”

Finist the Brave Falcon received funding from the Culture Ministry, was awarded Russia’s top theater prize, the Golden Mask.

Amnesty International urged Russian authorities to release the women, “targeted simply for exercising the right to freedom of expression”.

Asked on Tuesday about the verdict, the Kremlin said it does not comment on court rulings.


UPDATE 0732 GMT:

Monday’s killing by Russia of four children, with at least 12 injured, brings the total of confirmed juvenile fatalities to 559 during Russia’s 28 1/2-month invasion.

At least 1,449 are confirmed to have been wounded, posted the office of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General.

The office noted that the official total is only a partial count of actual casualties, given the difficulties of establishing the situation in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine.


UPDATE 0724 GMT:

The death toll in Kyiv has risen to 27, including four children, from Russia’s missile attacks on Monday.

The body of a boy was found under the rubble of a building in the Schevchenkyvskyi district, officials said on Tuesday morning.

Another 117 people were injured in the capital. Emergency services are still working at three sites.

The Ukraine State security service reported that the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital was struck by a Kh-101 cruise missile. At least two people were killed and 50 injured.

The strike damaged the toxiciology and oncology wards, intensive care units, and operating rooms where doctors were performing surgeries.

The hospital treats up to 18,000 patients annually.


ORIGINAL ENTRY: In its latest mass killing of Ukraine’s civilians, Russia left at least 37 dead and 170 injured in missile strikes on Monday.

Three of the slain are children. Another 13 were wounded.

The Russians fired 38 missiles. Thirty were intercepted, but others landed in civilian areas across the country. Other casualties were caused by falling debris.

More than 100 buildings were damaged. At least four civilians were killed and three injured in Kyiv’s Isida maternity hospital. At least 16 people, including seven children, were wounded in the capital’s Okhmatdyt children’s hospital, which was evacuated after power, oxygen, and water supplies were lost.

The strike largely destroyed the toxicology ward, where patients with severe kidney issues were being treated. Dazed and crying, parents held babies in the streets as hundreds of Kyiv residents cleared debris, including smashed windows and panels ripped from the building.

Officials and emergency staff said it was not immediately clear how many doctors and patients were trapped under rubble.

Other fatalties were recorded in Kryvyi Rih, where at least 10 perished and 47 were wounded; Pokrovsk in eastern Ukraine; and Dnipro city.

“Unconscionable That Children Are Killed and Injured”

In his nightly video address to the nation, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy noted that the “brutal missile strikes” had targeting “young cancer patients”.

Referring to the photos of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, he added, “It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world’s largest democracy hug the world’s most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day.”

Denise Brown, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, said:

The week in Ukraine has started with another wave of deadly strikes by the Russian armed forces. It is unconscionable that children are killed and injured in this war. Under international humanitarian law, hospitals have special protection. Civilians must be protected.

The International Rescue Committee’s health coordinator in Ukraine, Dr Marko Isajlovic, echoded, “No child should grow up under the threat of missile strikes. No child should risk dying amidst the rubble of hospitals meant to be safe havens for healing and recovery.”.

The Russian Defense Ministry offered no commented on the destruction of the hospitals as it proclaimed strikes on “Ukrainian military industry facilities and AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] airbases”.

Standing alongside Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw, Zelenskiy told a press conference:

I would also like to hear from our partners [about] a greater resilience and a strong response to the blow that Russia has once again dealt to our people, to our land, to our children.

We will retaliate against these people, we will deliver a powerful response from our side to Russia, for sure. The question to our partners is: can they respond?

The UN Security Council will meet on Tuesday at the request of Britain, France, Ecuador, Slovenia, and the US. NATO leaders will gather at a three-day summit in Washington, D.C.