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Mariupol maternity ward bombing: Pregnant woman, baby die

After Russia bombed the Ukrainian maternity hospital, a pregnant woman and her baby have died. The attack on the hospital in Mariupol and the effect it had on pregnant mothers shocked the world. Mariupol has been subject to bombardment since being surrounded by Russian troops on March 2. Roughly 400,000 people in Mariupol have been left without access to water, food and medicine. Electricity, heat and phone services are cut in many areas. 

Russian officials claim the maternity hospital had been taken over by Ukrainian extremists as a base and that no patients or medical staff were present inside. Russia’s ambassador to the UN and Russian Embassy in London called the photos of the maternity ward and injured mothers “fake news.” The World Health Organization called for an immediate cessation of attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine on Sunday.

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