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UN analysis sees ‘high likelihood’ Ukraine hospital took direct hit from Russian missile

A UN rights mission said on Tuesday there was a 'high likelihood' that Kyiv's main children's hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile during a series of airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, as the Kremlin continued to deny involvement.

Russia denies involvement and, without evidence, points finger at Ukrainian anti-missile fire

A man in medical scrubs and other people carry items outside a heavily damaged building.

A United Nations rights mission said on Tuesday there was a "high likelihood" that Kyiv's main children's hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile during a series of airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, as the Kremlin continued to deny involvement.

Ukraine flew its flags at half-mast in a national day of mourning to mark the deaths of 44 people across the country from Monday's air attacks, including four children and two people at the Okhmatdyt children's hospital in the capital.

"Analysis of the video footage and an assessment made at the incident site indicates a high likelihood that the children's hospital suffered a direct hit rather than receiving damage due to an intercepted weapon system," said Danielle Bell, head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Ukraine's security service said it had unequivocal evidence the medical facility was hit by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile during the deadliest series of strikes in months, and published images of what it said were fragments of the weapon's engine.

WATCH | Bloodied staff, anguished scream in hospital missile strike aftermath:

Kyiv children’s hospital destroyed in Russian airstrikes, dozens killed

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A barrage of Russian missile attacks against Kyiv largely destroyed the Ukrainian city’s largest children’s hospital and left other buildings in the city in ruins. Dozens have been killed in the airstrikes that may have been timed to coincide with NATO meetings.

The Kremlin said, without providing evidence, it was Ukrainian anti-missile fire, not Russia, that hit the children's hospital, which is one of Europe's largest and treats patients with serious conditions such as cancer and kidney disease.

Damage at the site prompted millions of dollars in donations from inside Ukraine and abroad, more than 28 months into Russia's full-scale invasion. Eight children were wounded at the hospital, health authorities said.

The UN Security Council convened on Tuesday — at the request of Britain, France, Ecuador, Slovenia and the United States — over the attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy flew into Washington for a three-day summit of NATO leaders in which he hoped to win commitments from allies to boost their military support and beef up Ukraine's air defences.

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As It Happens7:42Doctor in Kyiv scrambles to help patients after Russian missile hits children's hospital

Kyiv’s largest children’s hospital was reduced to rubble after it was hit by a Russian missile. It was part of a wave of strikes Monday that officials say killed at least 36 civilians. Dr. Lesia Lysytsia had to scramble to help her patients. Now she wants people in Russia to understand how painful it’s been to see her patients put in such danger. She spoke with As It Happens guest host Peter Armstrong.

Russian forces are slowly advancing and claimed on Tuesday the capture of the village of Yasnobrodivka in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. There was no immediate comment from Ukraine, which has reported heavy fighting in the region for months.

'Heart bleeds' when children die, Modi says

During a visit to Moscow, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin the "heart bleeds" when children are killed in war, conflict or a terrorist attack.

Modi's pointed remark was an implicit rebuke to Putin, who moments earlier had welcomed him to the Kremlin with a warm statement on the importance of the strategic relations between the two countries.

A white-bearded man in glasses leans over to accept a large necklace of medallions about to be place around his neck by a cleanshaven man wearing a suit jacket.

Zelenskyy has condemned Modi's trip to Russia, calling it "a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts."

The Ukrainian leader vowed retaliation against Russia after Monday's attacks, and Russia's Defence Ministry said it had subsequently shot down 38 drones. A Russian regional governor reported fires at an oil depot and an electricity substation.

A security source told Reuters that Ukrainian drones had attacked a Russian oil refinery, a military airfield and an electricity substation in a joint operation.

Rescue effort end at hospital

Rescuers concluded operations at the children's hospital earlier on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the Ukrainian capital, five bodies were recovered from the ruins of a residential building where 12 people were killed, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

The death toll stood at 33 in Kyiv and 11 in the Dnipropetrovsk region, officials said, bringing the total to 44. Shelling separately killed three others in the eastern town of Pokrovsk, but they were not counted as they were not killed by missiles.

Four people are shown standing and walking inside what appears to be an office-like room, heavily damaged with debris on the ground and damage to the walls.

Okhmatdyt's general director, Volodymyr Zhovnir, told reporters one of its young doctors had been killed, that the building for dialysis had been completely destroyed and that it no longer had electricity supply.

"At least four buildings of the hospital were partially destroyed," he said.

Ukrainian business leaders rushed to announce donations to rebuild the hospital.

There was no available figure for the total amount of donations, but Reuters calculations based on statements and Ukrainian media reports put the figure from Ukraine's corporate section at about 300 million hryvnia (around $10 million Cdn).

In Kyiv, Oleksandr Baraboshko, 34, a strategic communications consultant, said aerial attacks like Monday's served to unite Ukrainians against Russia.

"They're not scaring us. On the contrary, they're motivating us to do even more," said Baraboshko, who helped co-ordinate an effort with a local shop to distribute gloves and tools to volunteers clearing debris at the hospital.

The Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague said a team of investigators visited the site of the hospital strike on Tuesday. It warned that those responsible for attacking civilian objects could be prosecuted.

In Geneva, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Tarik Jasarevic said the hospital strike was one of 1,882 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine that have killed a total of 150 people in the more than two-year-old conflict.

The WHO does not attribute blame for such attacks.

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