US complicit in Kiev shelling of Lugansk hospital: Russia UN envoy
14 civilians were killed by US-supplied missiles which targeted a hospital in Novoaidar.
Dmitry Polyansky, Russia's first permanent deputy to the UN, tweeted on Saturday that the United States is clearly complicit in the Ukrainian rocket attack on a hospital in Novoaidar in the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), which resulted in the deaths of 14 people and the injury of 24 more.
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The diplomat described it as "another Ukrainian heinous war crime " emphasizing that "US-supplied missiles [killed] 14 civilians at a hospital."
Ukraine reportedly hit a hospital in Novoaidar, Lugansk today, using American HIMARS rockets, and killed 14 people, among them patients and medical staff. 24 injured as well.— Russia Unplugged (@UnpluggedRus) January 28, 2023
Barely a peep from Western media. But you can imagine the coverage if Russia did something like this. pic.twitter.com/TlMN8iiaQN
"As we know from Ukrainian officials, the targets of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) are agreed by Washington so it makes the US directly complicit. US taxpayers should be aware of how their money is used," Polyansky said.
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According to the Russian MoD, the Ukrainian armed forces deliberately attacked a hospital in Novoaidar on Saturday morning using rocket-propelled rounds from a US-made HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system. 24 people were injured following the attack in addition to 14 patients and medical staff also perished. The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Novoaidar hospital has been providing medical care to local residents and service members for many months. This healthcare was being provided by both civilian and military health personnel.
It is also worth noting that Rheinmetall, the german arms manufacturer, is in talks with Lockheed Martin, the HIMARS-manufacturing company based in the US, to boost production to meet increasing demands for weapons by the West in face of what they see as a heightened threat from Moscow.
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Moreover, the Ukrainian president's advisor, stated on Saturday that after closing deals with Western countries for tank deliveries, Kiev is now discussing the supply of long-range missiles and planes to launch strikes on Crimea.