Ukraine shells hospital in Donetsk on Christmas Eve

Several patients were injured by glass shards after the blast shattered windows at the healthcare facility

The Ukrainian forces launched multiple attacks against civilian targets in Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Saturday, with one of strikes damaging a hospital in Donetsk, according to local authorities.

At least three people were injured after a shell hit the Central Clinical Hospital No 6 in the Leninsky district of Donetsk, according to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination. All of the victims were the patients at the facility. The attack also damaged several houses in other parts of Donetsk, with some witnesses calling it a “Christmas miracle” that no one was seriously injured.

Photos and videos from the scene showed the aftermath of the explosion, with multiple windows shattered and glass shards broken blinds scattered throughout the hospital wards.

Donetsk frequently comes under rocket attacks due to its proximity to the front line. Four people were killed after Kiev’s forces shelled the city shortly after midnight on January 1 in the first deadly attack of 2024.

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