Ukraine war latest: Doctor describes moment deadly strike hit children's hospital - Ukrainian drones target oil depot and power station inside Russia (2024)

Key points
  • At least 36 killed in Russian missile strikes across Ukraine|Children's hospital hit in barrage
  • UN Security Council calls meeting over strike|World leaders voice outrage
  • Doctor at children's hospital heard 'awful sound'
  • Deborah Haynes:Russia sending a message to NATO
  • Indian PM makes first visit to Russia since invasion of Ukraine
  • Big picture: What you need to know this week
  • Your questions answered:Has the West been honest about Ukraine's failures?| Is Kyiv next?
  • Live reporting by Niamh Lynch and (earlier)Katie Williams


Ukraine attacks several Russian regions with dozens of drones

Ukraine launched tens of drone attacks on several Russian regions overnight, according to local officials.

One person was killed, while twopower substations and an oil depot caught fire.

Russia says its air defence systems destroyed 38 drones, including21 over the southern region of Rostov and seven over Kursk, bothof which border Ukraine.

The deadliest attack was in the Belgorod region, also bordering Ukraine, where a man died, two people were injured and several homes were damaged, its governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

Explosions were also heard in the town of Kalach-on-the-Don inthe southern region of Volgograd, according to the Baza Telegramchannel.

Firefighters are still battling the blaze at an oil depot in Volgograd, but the power sub-stations were no longer in flames, said regional governor Andrei Bocharov.

"There is no threat to residential buildings," he added.

The Russian defence ministry did not list Volgograd among the regions where drones had been destroyed.

Russian officials rarely disclose the full extent of damage inflicted by Ukrainian attacks. Sky News cannot independently verify these battlefield reports.

The attacks come in the wake of Russia's deadliest wave of airstrikes in months, killing 41 Ukrainian civilians and hitting the main children's hospital in Kyiv in broad daylight.


Good morning

Welcome back to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine, as the UN Security Council prepares to meet in the wake of devastating Russian strikes.

We'll be bringing you updates and analysis throughout the day - but first, here's a recap of the key developments over the course of the last 24 hours.

  • At least 41 civilians were killed in a wave of Russian strikes across Ukraine;
  • A children's hospital was among the sites hit, collapsing a wing treating young cancer patients;
  • World leaders and senior politicians expressed outrage, including Keir Starmer and foreign secretary David Lammy;
  • Meanwhile, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi began a two-day visit to Russia - his first since the invasion began.


Ukraine strikes at targets inside Russia

Ukraine attack drones have caused a fire at an oil depot and power substation in Russia's Volgograd region, the local governor has confirmed.

Vasily Golubev, said Ukraine had launched "tens" of drones into the southern Russia region that borders Ukraine.

"As a result of an air attack in the Rodionovo-Nesvetayskydistrict, two transformers caught fire at a power substation,"Golubev wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding that airdefence systems destroyed tens of drones.


US President Joe Biden statement on missile strikes

Russia's missile strikes that killed dozens of Ukrainian civilians and caused damage and casualties at Kyiv's largest children's hospital are a horrific reminder of Russia's brutality.

It is critical that the world continues to stand with Ukraine at this important moment and that we not ignore Russian aggression.

This week, I will be welcoming President Zelenskyy and NATO leaders to Washington DC, and I will be meeting with President Zelenskyy to make clear our support for Ukraine is unshakeable.

Together with our allies, we will be announcing new measures to strengthen Ukraine's air defenses to help protect their cities and civilians from Russian strikes. The United States stands with the people of Ukraine.


Doctor at children's hospital heard an 'awful sound'

A doctor at the children's hospital in Kyiv which was hit by a Russian missile has described the moment of the attack.

Lesia Lysytsia told Sky News there was a light and then a sound - "an awful sound".

She added: "Then you don't hear anything."

She went outside to see where she could be useful.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said at least 16 people, seven of them children, were injured.

Okhmatdyt children's hospital has a lot of patients with serious diseases who need medical support 24 hours a day, Ms Lysytsia said.

"At the moment of attack we were all in the hospital continuing our work," she said.

Following the attack, doctors took care of their patients and then went to the emergency room to help the injured, she added.

Patients are being diverted to other hospitals.

"Almost all our doctors are safe," Ms Lysytsia said.


Watch: Kyiv's mayor accuses Russia of genocide after attack

Kyiv's mayor Vitali Klitschko spoke to Sky News earlier this evening.

He accused Russia of "genocide of the Ukrainian population" after today's attack on the capital city.


US 'raises concerns' with India over relationship with Russia

The US says it has "raised concerns" with India about its relationship with Russiaamid the ongoing war in Ukraine, a US State Departmentspokesperson told reporters on Monday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today as part of a two-day visit - his first to Moscow since its invasion of Ukraine started in 2022 (see 9.17am post).

The Indian foreign ministry said the visit was happening at Mr Putin's invitation.

The leaders' meeting involved reviewing their countries' developing bilateral ties and discussing regional and global issues, the ministry added.

Mr Modi has retained a neutral position on the conflict, refraining from publicly criticising Mr Putin's invasion while trying to maintain ties with the West.

However, the partnership between Moscow and New Delhi has become strained since Russia started developing closer ties with India's main rival, China.

The White House also expressed concern about a visit to China by Hungarian PrimeMinister Viktor Orban, who travelled there to discuss a potentialUkraine peace deal (see 8.33pm post).


Orban backs China's peace deal in 'third leg of peace mission'

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban has backed President Xi Jinping's Ukraine peace deal in an unexpected visit to China.

Mr Orban and Mr Xi met at the Diaoyutai State Guest House inBeijing, Chinese state media reported, for what the Hungarian leader describedas the third leg of a "peace mission" that he has undertakenwithout the backing of the European Commission or Ukraine.

Mr Orban angered some European leaders when he visited Moscow for talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin last week.

China, which has close ties to Russia, has been promoting asix-point peace plan it issued with Brazil in May, proposing aninternational peace conference "at a proper time" and callingfor equal participation by both Ukraine and Russia.


Germany offers to take in sick Ukrainian children after hospital hit

Amid an outpouring of anger towards Russia following damage to a children's hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine has also been the subject of solidarity among world leaders.

Those countries offering support in the wake of the attacks include Germany, whose health minister said he had told his Ukrainian counterpart that "we will take in sick children in need at any time".

"The next rescue flight will start on Wednesday," Karl Lauterbach said.

"Putin has shown again by his targeted attack on the children's hospital: he is a war criminal."


Russian border region hit in deadly Ukrainian shelling, official says

As detailed in our previous post, Ukraine has vowed to retaliate to the huge attacks launched by Russia today.

While it is unclear whether this was part of the promised response, the governor of Russia's Belgorod border region said three civilians were killed and several others wounded when Ukrainian shells hit a village today.

Vyacheslav Gladkov said one man had died of his wounds in the village of Nikolskoye and two more in a nearby hospital.

Ukraine war latest: Doctor describes moment deadly strike hit children's hospital - Ukrainian drones target oil depot and power station inside Russia (2024)
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