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A member of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps rests next to a howitzer, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine March 28, 2022. Picture taken March 28, 2022. REUTERS/Stanislav Yurchenko

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A Russian missile strike has killed a newborn baby on a maternity unit in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region, emergency services have disclosed on Wednesday.

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The mother of the baby, who was the only woman in the facility at the time, and a doctor were rescued from the rubble.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of bringing “terror and murder” to his country.

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Reports say, the Zaporizhzhia region, where a key nuclear plant is located, has been the focus of repeated Russian attacks.

Ukrainian emergency services said the Russian missiles struck the maternity ward of a hospital in the Ukraine-held town of Vilnyansk, close to the frontline, overnight.

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Although the area is held by Ukraine, the whole Zaporizhzhia region is claimed by Russia after self-styled referendums in September.

In a related development on Wednesday, Ukrainian officials said two people were killed in shelling on a residential building in Kupiansk – a town in the Kharkiv region which was retaken by Ukrainian forces in September.

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Speaking after both attacks, President Zelensky accused Russia of trying “to achieve with terror and murder what it wasn’t able to achieve for nine months” on the battlefield.

 

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