Headline RoundupJuly 8th, 2024

Russian Missile Hits Children’s Hospital in Kyiv

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia fired about 40 missiles at Ukrainian cities on Monday, the Ukrainian government said, killing dozens and damaging a children’s hospital. 

The Details: Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said Ukrainian forces shot down about 80% of the missiles, which targeted five cities, including the Kyiv. Those that hit their targets killed at least 35 and injured more.

Key Quotes: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blamed “Russian terrorists” and called for “the entire world” to “use all its determination to finally put an end to the Russian strikes.” The Russian defense ministry denied targeting civilian infrastructure and said the destruction in Kyiv was “due to the fall of a Ukrainian air defense missile.”

How the Media Covered It: Echoing past coverage, American outlets framed the attack negatively and treated Russian claims with skepticism regardless of bias rating. However, right-rated outlets were less likely to feature the story prominently or to note, as Newsweek (Center bias) did, that Zelenskyy “has begged Western powers for help in upgrading Ukraine's air defenses.” Headlines often highlighted the damage to Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital in Kyiv, described by ABC News (Lean Left bias) as “one of the most well-respected children's hospitals in the country.” The Kyiv Independent (Center bias), a Ukrainian outlet, stood out by highlighting the perspectives of nurses and parents at the hospital — reinforcing the narrative that Russia is killing civilians.

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