Ukraine: The Latest - Clinic destroyed by Russian missile strike in Dnipro 'a blatant war crime'
Today on Ukraine: The Latest, we bring you the latest updates from Ukraine, look back at the battle for Bakhmut, and interview Dr Jade McGlynn, a fellow in the War Studies department at King’s College, London, about her new book, Russia’s War.
Assistant Comment Editor Francis Dearnley comments on the diplomatic reaction to the strike in Dnipro:
People are furious. In response to the attack, President Zelensky has tweeted within the past hour or so: 'Another Russian missile attack, another crime against humanity. The buildings of a psychological clinic and veterinary clinic in the city were destroyed. As of now, one person was killed and 15 wounded. Only an evil state can fight against clinics. There can be no military purpose in this, is pure Russian terror'.
Incidents like continue to make it very easy for countries around the world to increase their support to Ukraine.
Recently returned from Bakhmut, Senior Foreign Correspondent Roland Oliphant joins the podcast to discuss his joint story with Foreign Reporter Verity Bowman. Their long read published this week, The story of the Battle for Bakhmut through the eyes of those who fought it, reflects on the battle and its significance. Roland explains the background to the story:
The story is meant to give the reader a sense of the course of the battle, why it was fought, where it was fought, and what happened at each stage. We want to give readers a view of the shape of the battlefield, talking to people who were in the thick of it: soldiers, medics, women, children.
I think it runs to over 3000 words in the end, which is a huge amount of text for a newspaper. But for a nine and a half month battle it barely scratches the surface.
Verity picks up the story of Yana:
The story really began for me with an interview with a Bakhmut local called Yana. During our interview, she described her elderly parents alone and her husband trying to save them while she waited, not knowing if any of them would make it back alive.
She then stayed in Bakhmut for as long as she could, even when her friends and neighbours were fleeing. That’s something she looks back on with difficulty, because she almost feels foolish for hanging on for so long. She finally made it out with her young son and husband, but remains deeply traumatised about what she experienced and worries constantly that she will never be able to return home.
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