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Footage shows donated ambulance destroyed by Russian strikes on Ukraine hospital

CCTV footage shows a bomb hitting the ambulance as it was parked outside the Regional Children's Hospital in Mykolaiv

Neasa Cumiskey

An ambulance has been “destroyed” by a Russian airstrike aiming for a children’s hospital in Ukraine.

Shocking CCTV footage shows the ambulance being blown up as it was parked outside the Regional Children's Hospital in Mykolaiv in southeastern Ukraine on Monday.

It is understood that the emergency vehicle had been donated to Ukraine by the NHS.

The head of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, Anna Zamazeeva, said that two people - a man and a child – were killed during the strike.

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which had a four-person team helping to administer medical aid there at the time, said that their vehicle had its windows “blown out by the blasts.”

“Several explosions took place in close proximity to our staff over the course of about 10 minutes,” Michel-Olivier Lacharité, MSF head of mission in Ukraine said in a statement.

“As they were leaving the area, the MSF team saw injured people and at least one dead body. However, we are not in a position to give exact numbers of dead and injured.

“Fortunately, our staff were able to take cover and were not hurt in the explosions.

“Bombing such a large area within a residential neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon cannot but cause civilian casualties and hit public buildings,” Lacharité continued, adding at least three hospitals had been hit in just two days.

“Hospitals, patients and medical staff must absolutely be spared from attack.”

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