France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (2023)

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10:13 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes"

From CNN’s Joseph Ataman in Paris

France condemned Russia's strikes on Ukraine, including on a Dnipro hospital Friday morning, calling them “war crimes” that “cannot go unpunished,” according to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry.

The missile and drone attacks on Kyiv and the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions of Ukraine “once again deliberately targeted civilian sites,” the ministry said, “in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.”

Where things stand: At least two people are dead and at least 30 people, including two children are among the injured, according to thehead of the Dnipropetrovsk region military administration.Rescuers are searching for survivors in the rubble of a clinic. Officials said authorities still can't reach three people who may have been at the facility at the time of the attack.

CNN's Maria Kostenko in Kyiv contributed to this post.

10:14 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

Number of injured in Dnipro attack rises to 30 people, authorities say

From CNN's Maria Kostenko in Kyiv

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (1)

The number of people injured in Friday's attack onthe city of Dnipro has risen to 30 people, including two children, according to thehead of the Dnipropetrovsk region military administration.

The search for three people who could have been at the facility at the time of the attack is still ongoing, regional military administration head Serhii Lysak said in a Telegram post on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration confirmed that two people died in therocket strike.

(Video) Russian Missiles Strike Dnipro Hospital, Dozens Of Drones Hit Belgorod, Blast Near Azovstal Plant

Meanwhile, Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov told journalists that a change of shifts for doctors was ongoing when the attack occurred at the Dnipropetrovsk City Hospital No. 14 — meaning fewer people were working at the facility at the time.

"Hopefully, there will be no more victims,"Filatov told journalists at the hospital site. "It is a miracle that the rocket struck at the very moment of the doctors’ change of shifts."

A fire caused by the rocket has been extinguished, he added.

8:48 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

Talks with Ukraine "impossible" as long as Zelensky is in power, former Russian president says

From CNN's Radina Gigova in London

Any conflict would end with negotiations, but as long as the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in power, no talks would be possible, Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president andthe deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council, said Fridayduring a visit to Vietnam, according to state news agency TASS.

"As long as the current regime and clown Zelensky are in power in Kiev, talks will be impossible," Medvedev said, adding that at some point an agreement would have to be negotiated.

"Everything always ends in negotiations. This is inevitable, but as long as these people are in power, the situation for Russia will not change in terms of negotiations," Medvedev said.

Medvedev went on to say that it is worth weighing all proposals for peace in Ukraine offered by various countries.

"As for peace plans being proposed, all of them should be considered," Medvedev said, commenting on the peace plans proposed by China and other countries.

Some context: China's peace plan and claim for neutrality have been undermined by Beijing's refusal to acknowledge the nature of the conflict, as well as its diplomatic and economic support for Moscow. Its officials have repeatedly said that the “legitimate” security concerns of all countries must be taken into account and accused NATO and the US of fueling the conflict.

8:20 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

Russian Foreign Ministry summons US diplomats over Sullivan's comments on Crimea strikes

From CNN's Radina Gigova

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (2)

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on senior US diplomats on Friday to express "strong protest" over US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan's remarks about Ukrainian strikes on Crimea, after he said the US has not placed limitations on Kyiv to hit its territory.

(Video) Dnipro hospital hit in Russian attack

The ministry called Sullivan's remarks in an interview with CNN on Sunday "unacceptable."

Sullivan also said that Washington will not enable Ukraine with Western systems to attack Russian territory, which includes Crimea.

A statement by the ministry said: "It was emphasized that the assurances of American officials that the United States does not encourage such attacks on Russia are hypocritical and false, given the direct material evidence of the use of weapons and equipment supplied for the needs of the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] by the Pentagon to prepare and carry out terrorist acts by Ukrainian militants."

"The hostile actions of the United States, which has long been a party to the conflict, plunged Russian-American relations into a deep and dangerous crisis, fraught with unpredictable consequences," the ministry added.

"It is time for Washington to learn that any form of aggression against Russia will continue to meet the strongest resistance."

Some context: Diplomatic relations between Western allies of Kyiv and the Kremlin further deteriorated after Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

7:56 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

2 attack drones hit buildings in Krasnodar, Russian governor says

From CNN's Mari Kostenko, Josh Pennington andHira Humayun

Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) damaged buildings in Krasnodar on Friday, after local media reported that an explosion was heard in the southern Russian city.

The governor of Krasnodar VeniaminKondratiev said no major infrastructure was impacted, and said there were no casualties following the incident.

On Friday morning, videos geo-located by CNN showed what appeared to be a UAV in the sky followed by the sound of an explosion. Other social media images show smoke rising from the building, and another image shows the building damaged.

State news agency TASS reported that the city's emergency call center was alerted to an explosion on Morskaya Street early Friday.

"Emergency services were sent to the scene. No casualties have been reported. There was damage to the building's roof and windows, but no fire," according to TASS.
9:16 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

It's mid-afternoon in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know

From CNN staff

At least two people were killed and over a dozen more injured in Dnipro, after a shower of Russian strikes hit the central Ukrainian city on Friday.

(Video) Guilty of war crimes: Retired lt. General reacts to Dnipro medical facility attack

Here are the latest developments:

  • Medical facility attack: Two children aged 3 and 6 are among those injured in Moscow's attack on a medical clinic in Dnipro,according to regional head Serhii Lysak. He said that two adults had died in the shelling, and posted footage of the scene where fires tore through one of the buildings and smoke rolled out of windows.
  • Kremlin's ire over Western sanctions: Moscow spokesperson Dmitry Peskov demanded that the United Kingdom and other countries "immediately" unfreeze Russian foreign assets without any conditions, as Western allies of Ukraine load economic pressure onto Moscow over the conflict.
  • Fighter jets: Sweden's Defense Minister Pal Jonson told CNN the government will “try to accommodate” instructing Ukrainian pilots on Gripen fighter jets if Ukraine makes the request, as Kyivramps up pleasto Western allies about the procurement of fighter aircraft.
  • Evan Gershkovich: Lawyers for the Wall Street Journal reporter have appealed Tuesday's three-month extension of his pre-trial detention, according to a court in Moscow. He was arrested in Russia in March, where he facesup to 20 yearsin prison on espionage charges. The Wall Street Journal has vehemently denied the spying accusations against Gershkovich.
  • US Treasury confirms CNN investigation: The United States Treasury sanctioned the head of the Wagner private military group in Mali, Ivan Maslov, as part of its pushback on Wagner expansionism in Africa supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine. It also confirmedthe findings of a CNN investigationinto Wagner’s support for the Sudan paramilitary Rapid Support Forcesin the war devastating the country.

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (3)

8:37 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

2 killed and 23 injured in Dnipro attack on medical facility

From CNN's Mari Kostenko

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (4)

At least two people have died and 23 people left injured following an attack on a medical facility in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Friday.

A 69-year-old man "was just passing by when the rocket struck the city" and the body of another man "was pulled out of the rubble," said Serhii Lysak, head of the regional military administration.

He said that 23 people were wounded in the bombardment, with 21 of them hospitalized and three in a critical condition.

At least four people are missing following the attack in Dnipro, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office.

The fire covered 1,000 square meters of the medical facility, where a three-story building was partially destroyed, Lysak added.

He added that rescue workers are searching for people under the rubble.

CNN geolocated the attack to Dnipropetrovsk City Hospital No. 14 and a veterinary clinic in an industrial district north of the Dnipro river in Dnipro.

6:44 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

Kremlin demands unfreezing Russian foreign assets "without any conditions"

From CNN's Anna Chernova

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (5)
(Video) Ukraine War Live: Russian Rocket Hits Hospital In Dnipro, Kyiv Says ‘Very Difficult Night’

The Kremlin demanded that the United Kingdom and other countries unfreeze Russian foreign assets without any conditions, as Western allies of Ukraine load economic pressure onto Moscow over the conflict.

"Britain and other countries that encroached on Russian assets are obliged to unfreeze them immediately without any conditions,” Moscow spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

“Otherwise, they violate all the norms and rules of both their domestic legislation and international law," he added.

Some background: The United States and its allies have blocked or seized $58 billion worth of assets owned or controlled by sanctioned Russians in the past year, in an effort to crunch Russia's economy amid the war.

The Russian Elites, Proxies and Oligarchs (REPO) Task Force said in March that they will "redouble" their efforts to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin and his associates.

REPO is a joint effort between the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the UK and the European Commission. It was established last year in order to monitor sanctions evasion.

CNN's Sam Fossum contributed reporting.

6:25 a.m. ET, May 26, 2023

Sweden willconsider training Ukrainian pilots on Gripen fighter jets if asked, says defense minister

From CNN’s Catherine Nicholls

France slams Russian attack on Dnipro hospital as "war crimes" (6)

Sweden will “try to accommodate” instructing Ukrainian pilots on Gripen fighter jets if Ukraine makes the request, Sweden's defense minister told CNN, as Kyiv ramps up pleas to Western allies about the procurement of fighter aircraft.

“We are eager to support Ukraine in all ways possible and if they want their pilots to evaluate Gripen, we will try to accommodate that, although some decision remains on both sides,”Sweden's Defense Minister Pal Jonson said.

He was responding to a question about a Thursday report from Swedish public broadcaster SVT that said Ukrainian pilots will be trained on the jets.

He added that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has requested a “limited operational evaluation” of the Swedish Gripen Fighter system. “We are currently working to meet the criterias of this request."

While Jonson indicated Sweden is willing to train Ukrainian pilots, he also told CNN that Stockholm will not be supplying Ukraine with Gripen fighter aircraft “at this stage.”

“We exclude nothing when it comes to supporting Ukraine,” Jonson reflected. “However, at this stage we will not at be able to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Swedish Gripen Fighters.”

Jonson met with Ukrainian PresidentVolodymyrZelensky in Kyiv on Thursday.

Last week, US President Joe Biden told G7 leadersthat the US will support a joint effort to train Ukrainian pilots on US-made F-16 aircraft. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands have both stated that they intend to provide Ukraine with these F-16 jets.

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