Moving on from bombing hospitals in Syria, Russia’s now bombing them in Europe. On May 4th, Ukrainian military reported the hospital at Krasnohorivka was hit by mortar and machine gun fire. In their daily report published May 5th, the OSCE map detailing ceasefire violations confirms the town was hit – The OSCE are likely to visit the hospital, and we should get an update on their observations later in the week.
Typically much of Russia’s forces shelling occurs under cover of darkness, with the hospital reportedly hit at 9.25pm. Fortunately none of the 45 patients or hospital staff were injured. Currently the hospital is used to combat COVID-19, so it’s battling both a global pandemic and the unwelcome attention from Russian shells. Some 30 windows were said to be damaged, along with walls, trees, power cables and the above ambulance.
Located behind Ukrainian military positions defending the town, this looks to have been a deliberate targeting of the hospital. Remember, both sides have been dug in here since 2015 and everyone knows the layout of the land and exactly where military positions and hospitals etc. are located. In addition, in the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk city, Russia’s forces occupy several large mine slag heaps – this height advantage enables them to better observe and target Ukrainian held Krasnohorivka and nearby Marinka.