10 Mar 2022

‘There are no red lines in this’ – Syrian doctor on Russia’s strategy in Ukraine

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’.