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Russia says claim that it bombed a children’s hospital are ‘fake news’

Randy Mancini 2 Mar 10
FILE PHOTO: Destruction of children's hospital as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Mariupol
FILE PHOTO: A person is carried out after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 in this still image from a handout video obtained by Reuters. Ukraine Military/Handout via REUTERS

March 10, 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday a Ukrainian claim that it bombed a children’s hospital in Mariupol was “fake news” because the building was a former maternity hospital that had long been taken over by troops.

“That’s how fake news is born,” Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Twitter.

Polyanskiy said Russia had warned on March 7 that the hospital had been turned into a military object from which Ukrainians were firing.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia of carrying out genocide after Ukrainian officials said Russian aircraft bombed the children’s hospital on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Tom Hogue)