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Women and children targeted as Russia bombs hospital in Mariupol

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In response the reported strike on a children’s and maternity hospital in Mariupol, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: “There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless.”, according to the BBC.

He tweets that the UK is “exploring more support for Ukraine to defend against airstrikes”.

Johnson says the UK government will hold Putin to account “for his terrible crimes”.

The deputy mayor of Mariupol, Serhiy Orlov, has just spoken to the BBC World Service.

Orlov says: “We don’t understand how it is possible in modern life to bomb children’s hospital.”

He says people in Mariupol who managed to escape the hospital are in “total anger” and “cannot believe it is true”.

The BBC have been reporting that Ukraine and Russia agreed to hold a 12-hour ceasefire in six cities in Ukraine to allow civilians to escape. Mariupol was one of the cities that would have been covered by the temporary ceasefire.

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