Russia’s Devastating Attack on Kyiv Children’s Hospital: A Grim Reminder of the War’s Toll on Ukraine’s Children

Jul 8, 2024

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine took a horrifying turn this morning, July 8, 2024, as a Russian missile strike partially destroyed a maternity hospital in Kyiv, forcing terrified patients and their families to flee for safety. This attack is part of a more significant assault that targeted multiple Ukrainian cities, resulting in at least 31 deaths across the country.

My Friend Alex Dayrabekov was on his way to another maternity hospital when it happened…

Alex and his wife welcomed Alice into the world this morning. For that, I’m grateful.

While he spent an hour in the hospital bomb shelter with his wife (in labor), wondering if he and his family would see the birth of his child, dozens of men, women, and children lost their lives thanks to several Russian cruise missiles targeting pediatric hospitals and pediatric treatment centers in Kyiv.

Hundreds of Ukrainian children and their families weren’t as fortunate.

(Twitter has turned off this picture because Elon doesn’t want to upset Vlad)

The strike on Okhmatdyt Hospital, Ukraine’s largest children’s medical facility, has sent shockwaves through the international community. This hospital, which provides critical care to some of the most severely ill children in the country, typically performs around 7,000 medical procedures annually, including treatments for cancer and blood disorders.

Health Minister Viktor Liashko reported that the attack affected intensive care units, oncology departments, and surgical units. Eyewitness accounts describe scenes of chaos as staff and volunteers frantically evacuated children to safety amidst the destruction.

This attack on a medical facility dedicated to children’s care is not an isolated incident. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion in February 2022, Russia has been accused of deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and residential areas. The World Health Organization has repeatedly condemned these attacks on healthcare facilities, emphasizing their devastating impact on civilians, particularly women and children.

The assault on the hospital is part of a broader pattern of violence against Ukraine’s children. According to Ukrainian authorities, Russia has forcibly transferred almost 20,000 Ukrainian children to areas under its control since the start of the war. These children have been assigned Russian citizenship, forcibly adopted into Russian families, and faced obstacles in reuniting with their parents and homeland.

The United Nations has stated that these deportations constitute war crimes. In a significant development, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova for their alleged involvement in these forced transfers.

The scale of child abductions is staggering. While Ukrainian authorities have verified the identities of over 19,000 abducted children, Russian authorities claim that over 700,000 Ukrainian children have been “evacuated” by Russians since mid-2023. Ukraine’s ombudsman on children’s rights believes that the actual number of abducted children may be in the hundreds of thousands.

These abductions are not just a matter of relocating children. Many of the abducted children have been subjected to Russification – a process aimed at erasing their Ukrainian national identity. This practice, if intended to destroy a national or ethnic group, may constitute an act of genocide under international law.

The attack on the Kyiv maternity hospital and the ongoing abductions of Ukrainian children serve as grim reminders of the war’s devastating impact on the most vulnerable members of society. As the international community grapples with these atrocities, the need for accountability and justice for the victims of these heinous acts becomes ever more pressing.

As we reflect on these tragic events, it’s crucial to remember that behind each statistic is a child whose life has been irrevocably altered by the Russian Genocide, rape and murder of tens of thousands of innocent Ukrainian children, men and women. . The international community must continue to support efforts to protect children in conflict zones and work towards a peaceful resolution to this devastating war.

But let’s also reflect on the incredible job being done globally to convince Evangelicals, Catholics, hillbillies, and white supremacists that Russia is somehow righteous in its effort to rape, murder, and misplace as many Ukrainian children under the holy premise of the Global Christian Nationalist movement.

If you support Russia or Putin, you enjoy watching children get butchered. You love watching hundreds of thousands of children get ripped from their parent’s arms. You probably go to church twice on Sundays, love conservative politics, and believe Noah’s ark was possible.

Like Russia, Maga, and MapleMAGA, you are no friend of humanity. You are worthless to the discourse and serve no higher purpose than to breed hate, fear, and death into the existence of the human race.

Dean Blundell

Dean Blundell is a Canadian radio personality. Best known as a longtime morning host on CFNY-FM (The Edge) in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015 he was named the new morning host on sports radio station CJCL (Sportsnet 590 The Fan). Dean started his career in radio in 2001 and for nearly 20 years been entertaining the radio audience. Dean’s newest venture is the launch of his site and podcast which is gaining tremendous momentum across North America.

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