UNSC holds emergency meeting after missile attack on Kyiv children's hospital

The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting on Russia's latest missile attacks across Ukraine. One of the strikes on Monday heavily damaged a children's hospital in Kyiv.

The meeting was held on Tuesday at the request of France and other countries. Russia holds the council presidency this month.

It began with an online report from Volodymyr Zhovnir, the director of the hospital.

He said both children and adults screamed and cried during the attack, in fear and pain from their wounds. He described the scene as "a real hell."

Zhovnir said the attack will have a serious long-term effect on Ukrainian children needing medical care.

Delegates from countries including the United States and European nations condemned the attacks on hospitals, schools and other private facilities as a violation of international humanitarian law.

French UN Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere said Russia deliberately targeted residential neighborhoods and healthcare infrastructure.

He said these flagrant violations of international law are yet another entry on the list of war crimes for which Russia will be held accountable.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that the meeting was taking place because Russia attacked a children's hospital.

She said: "Even uttering that phrase sends a chill down my spine. Russia attacked a children's hospital in broad daylight, killing and injuring children."

Russia's envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said his country does not strike civilian targets. He said the damage to the children's hospital was caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile that lost its way.