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Coming back to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, world leaders are among those condemning a Russian attack on a Ukrainian maternity and children’s hospital.

Rescuers try to save those caught under the rubble.

The ground shook for more than a mile as multiple explosions hit the Mariupol compound which ripped off much of a building’s facade.

A woman walks past the damaged maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit:PA

Footage of the aftermath shows rescuers carrying a heavily pregnant and bleeding woman on a stretcher while another woman can be seen moaning as she clutches her child. In the yard, mangled cars burned and a blast crater stretched at least two stories deep.

The Donetsk region governor said 17 people were injured in the incident.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be held “to account for his terrible crimes”.

“There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and helpless,” Johnson said.

The Telegraph reports that just after 5 p.m. Mariupol time, Russian warplanes flew over the downtown hospital, dropping at least one unguided bomb.

Sergei Orlov, deputy mayor of Mariupol, said genocide was taking place in his city of 400,000 people.

“We don’t understand how it is possible in modern life to bomb a children’s hospital,” Orlov said.

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“There is no water, heat, electricity or gas,” he said, with people forced to eat snow for fluids and burn firewood to stay warm.

“It’s medieval.”

The United States also condemned the attack.

“It is horrifying to see … the barbaric use of military force to pursue innocent civilians in a sovereign country,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

The Vatican secretary called the attack “unacceptable”.

The UN human rights body said it was monitoring the situation to verify the number of casualties.

Russian officials have denied attacking civilians.

The authorities, meanwhile, announced new ceasefires to allow thousands of civilians to flee the bombed towns around Kiev as well as the towns of Mariupol, Enerhodar and Volnovakha in the south, Izyum in the east and Sumy to the northeast.

with AP, Reuters