Russia has consistently denied targeting civilians in Ukraine, today branding claims it bombed the maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol as ‘fake news’.
But it’s a strategy that Russian forces have used before – accused of carrying out systematic attacks on medical facilities to help Bashar al Assad’s regime secure victory in Syria.
One man very familiar with this strategy is Doctor Hamza Al-kateab.
His wife Waad’s Oscar-nominated film ‘For Sama’ documented their life in Aleppo under siege, including attacks on the hospital where Hamza worked. When I spoke to him earlier he told me the Russian military has ‘no red lines’.