“Russian forces do not fire on civilian targets.”

Dmitry Peskov, "Russian forces do not fire on civilian targets."

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday shifted its stance over the bombing of a Ukrainian hospital in the city of Mariupol, with a mix of statements that veered between aggressive denials and a call by the Kremlin to establish clear facts.

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy said three people including a child had been killed in the bombing on Wednesday, and rejected Russian assertions there had been no patients there.

 

“Like always, they lie confidently,” said Zelenskiy, who has accused Moscow of waging genocide in the war it launched two weeks ago.

In the face of worldwide condemnation there were rare signs of inconsistency in the response from Russian officials, who since the start of Moscow’s invasion on Feb. 24 have stuck tightly to the same narrative for what Russia calls its special military operation in Ukraine.

 

 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked for comment in the immediate aftermath, told Reuters on Wednesday: “Russian forces do not fire on civilian targets.”

On Thursday he said the Kremlin would look into the incident.

“We will definitely ask our military, because you and I don’t have clear information about what happened there,” Peskov told reporters. “And the military are very likely to provide some information.”

Other Russian officials took a more aggressive line, rejecting the hospital bombing as fake news.

“This is information terrorism,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attacked what he called “pathetic shouting about so-called atrocities by the Russian armed forces”. Continue

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