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At least 17 injured in Russian airstrike on Mariupol hospital complex, Ukrainian officials say Ukraine

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At least 17 injured in Russian airstrike on Mariupol hospital complex, Ukrainian officials say Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking
a mutually agreed-upon ceasefire to prevent the
evacuation of civilians in Mariupol while adding that an airstrike by Russian forces destroyed a hospital complex in the same city.

Ukrainian authorities said at least 17 people were injured in the attack. Russian and Ukrainian diplomats will hold face-to-face talks on Thursday in the first high-level contact between the two countries since the invasion began.

3 hospitals hit as Russian forces intensify siege of cities

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. A Russian attack has severely damaged a maternity hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials say. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — An airstrike on a maternity hospital in the port city of Mariupol wounded women waiting to give birth and buried children in the rubble as Russian forces intensified their siege of Ukrainian cities. Bombs also fell on two hospitals in another city west of Kyiv.

The World Health Organization said it has confirmed 18 attacks on medical facilities since the Russian invasion began two weeks ago.

Turkey, meanwhile, was hosting the highest-level talks so far between the two sides on Wednesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba “will open the door to a permanent cease-fire.”

Ukrainian officials said the attack at a medical complex in Mariupol wounded at least 17 people.

The ground shook more than a mile away when the series of blasts hit. Explosions blew out windows and ripped away much of the front of one building. Police and soldiers rushed to the scene to evacuate victims, carrying a bleeding woman with a swollen belly on a stretcher past burning and mangled cars.

Another woman wailed as she clutched her child. In the courtyard, a blast crater extended at least two stories deep

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