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Ukrainian War: Kherson evacuates hospital patients amid relentless Russian bombardment

Patients from Kherson hospitals are being evacuated amid ongoing Russian strikes on the southern city, according to local authorities.

“Due to constant Russian shelling, we are evacuating patients from hospitals in Kherson,” Yaroslav Yanushevich, head of Kherson’s military administration, said on Telegram.

Russian forces withdrew from the port city on the Black Sea a fortnight ago, after occupying it at the start of the war.

Under the Geneva Convention, attacking hospitals is prohibited under any circumstances.

On Thursday, at least four people were killed and 10 others injured in Russian shelling of Kherson.

“The Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area using multiple rocket launchers,” Yanushevich wrote at the time, adding that a large building had caught fire.

Ukrainian forces retook Kherson, a major city and regional capital, in early November, sparking jubilant celebrations across the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called it “historic”.

A few weeks before withdrawing its troops, Russia annexed the territory in a move deemed illegal under international law.

Shortly after Ukraine retook Kherson, amid a wider offensive in the south, Moscow said developments on the battlefield had not changed Russia’s claim to the territory.

The retreat from Russia was marked by chaotic scenes, with troops seemingly panicking as they tried to escape.

euronews Gt

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