Russian airborne troops entered Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, on Wednesday (local time) and attacked a local hospital, according to Ukrainian security services. Residential areas, including a hospital in the city of Zhytomyr and an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in another area near Kiev, were targeted by missile attacks the previous day. The indiscriminate bombardment of civilian installations resulted in a large number of civilian casualties, including children.
According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on Wednesday, Russian airborne troops invaded Kharkiv and attacked a military hospital. Following a massive shelling of residential areas and government buildings in Kharkiv the previous day, Russian special forces raided medical facilities, where wounded soldiers were being treated. Russian troops bombed an oil depot in Kharkiv on the same day, causing explosions and toxic fumes.
Shelling continued on civilian installations in Kyiv and neighboring towns. A Russian missile strike targeting Kiev’s main TV tower killed five people and shut down the country’s national broadcast. Around 10 p.m. the same day, a Russian missile attack, which targeted a residential area of Zhytomyr, destroyed 10 buildings, including a hospital, and killed at least two people. In addition, Russian airstrikes destroyed two apartment buildings in Borodyanke, 50 kilometers from Kiev. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday that Russian missile attacks had killed a total of 142 civilians, including 13 children as of February 28.
During his State of the Union address, US President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian flights from US airspace. President Biden said Putin thought “the West and NATO won’t respond,” but he was wrong. “When dictators don’t pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos,” Biden said. “When the history of this era is written, Putin’s war on Ukraine will have weakened Russia and strengthened the rest of the world.”