The video shows scared Ukrainian children ducking and screaming as a Russian missile flies over and hits a nearby hotel.

The video shows scared Ukrainian children ducking and screaming as a Russian missile flies over and hits a nearby hotel.

Children in Ukraine Fear for their Lives as Russian Missile Strikes Hotel

Russian missile striking a hotel in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

In a heart-wrenching video, children in Ukraine can be seen ducking and crying in fear as a Russian missile flies overhead, striking a hotel in Zaporizhzhia. The Reikartz Hotel was hit by two Iskander missiles, resulting in one death and 16 injuries, including four children. The attack occurred on Thursday and left the area devastated.

The chilling footage captures the missile soaring through the sky before hitting its target in a powerful explosion. This horrifying incident unfolded moments after a children’s summer camp, hosted at the hotel, had closed for the day. The contrast between the innocent joy of the summer camp and the sudden eruption of violence underscores the tragedy that unfolded.

When examining the images of the scene, the extent of the destruction becomes painfully evident. The hotel stands damaged, surrounded by wrecked cars and debris scattered across the area. It is a haunting reminder of the toll of war on innocent lives.

Russia’s defense ministry, in a controversial claim, stated that the strike targeted a base for “foreign mercenaries.” However, the Ukrainian defense ministry countered, stating that the hotel was primarily used by the United Nations (UN) employees and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UN confirmed the frequent use of the hotel by its personnel and expressed deep concern over the attack. Denise Brown, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, conveyed her shock at the news, mentioning, “I have stayed in this hotel every single time I visited Zaporizhzhia.” The deliberate targeting of a location frequently employed by UN personnel raises questions about the indiscriminate nature of the attack.

Tragically, this was the second assault on the city within two days. In a separate Russian missile attack the previous day, three people lost their lives, and nine others sustained injuries. The repeated attacks amplify the growing anguish and distress within the community.

This distressing incident further heightens concerns about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The impact of such violence on innocent lives cannot be understated. It underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to this territorial dispute and the protection of civilian populations.

Source: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Watch the video of the missile striking the hotel

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