Hundreds Of Hospitals Have Been Damaged Or Destroyed, Ukraine Says
An aerial view of completely destroyed buildings after shelling in Borodianka of Kyiv province, Ukraine on April 8, 2022.
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At least 24 hospitals in Ukraine have been destroyed, while another 300 have been damaged, Ukraine’s health ministry revealed on Thursday.

“As soon as the territory is de-occupied, we send the necessary resources there,” Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Health Oleksii Yaremenko said via translation, according to Newsweek. “In particular, the Ministry has already started planning the rehabilitation and reconstruction of hospitals. The Ministry of Health is currently working on a comprehensive plan of where hospitals will be built, in what shape they will be restored and what services they will provide.”

The news comes as reports of civilian casualties continue to grow. Leaders in the city of Mariupol, for example, say that over 10,000 citizens have died, while the final count may exceed 20,000 deaths.

Indeed, President Joe Biden condemned the warfare as a “genocide” while attempting to attribute rising inflation on Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I’m doing everything within my power by executive orders to bring down the price and address the Putin price hike,” Biden said on Tuesday. “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away.”

Biden also confirmed the reference to Russia’s genocide of Ukrainians to reporters following his speech. “Yes, I called it genocide … Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being able to be Ukrainian.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applauded Biden for his comments, calling them “true words of a true leader.”

“Calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil,” Zelensky said on social media. “We are grateful for US assistance provided so far and we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities.”

The Daily Wire recently interviewed three foreign policy experts on the fundamental causes of the Russian invasion. For example, Luke Coffey — the director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and a former defense adviser for the British government — said that the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia is rooted in the latter nation’s quest for identity.

“While in some cases Russia and Ukraine share a common recent history, Ukrainian language and culture are distant from Russia’s. One should not forget that Kyiv was founded around 1,500 years ago at a time when Moscow was still a forest,” Coffey described. “More often than not, the relationship was built on the reality that Russia was the colonizer and Ukraine the colonized.”

“Russian elites have always struggled with identity — basically whether or not Russia is a European country or an Asian one,” Coffey continued. “In the past two and a half centuries the prevalent school of thought among Russian leaders was that without control, or at least influence, over countries like Ukraine, Russia was merely an Asian power and not a European one.”

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