The politics behind Putin’s missile strike on a Ukrainian children’s hospital

The politics behind Putin’s missile strike on a Ukrainian children’s hospital


A Russian missile strike damaged Ukraine’s preeminent pediatrics hospital on Monday, killing at least two people. Dozens of others were killed in other Russian strikes. While Russia denies the hospital was targeted, its geographic delineation from other buildings in Kyiv is significant. And Russia has a penchant for attacking hospitals, including those serving the most vulnerable.

Video of burning hospital rubble and of children forced to undergo cancer treatment on the street, their drips in place, isn’t one you’d think that most leaders would think valuable. But President Vladimir Putin isn’t like most leaders. He likely had two motives in carrying out this attack.

First, as a brutally petulant response to a recent incident in which Russian air defense forces shot down a Ukrainian missile

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