Mariupol says children's hospital destroyed by Russian bombing

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a video address in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 6, 2022 in this still image taken from video. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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LVIV, Ukraine, March 9 (Reuters) - A children's hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been destroyed by Russian air strikes, the city council said in an online post on Wednesday.

"The Russian occupying forces have dropped several bombs on the children's hospital. The destruction is colossal," it said, adding that it did not yet know any casualty figures.

The report could not immediately be verified by Reuters. Russia has denied targeting civilians in its assault on Ukraine.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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