In the aftermath of Russia's early morning missile strikes on a residential area near Odesa in southern Ukraine, Moldova's Minister of Health Ala Nemerenco has said one of the buildings struck in the attack was a rehabilitation center for treating Moldovan children with health problems.
In a statement on Facebook, Nemerenco said that although the building itself was not badly damaged, with only windows smashed in part of the building, one employee was killed and five were injured following the strike.
The Moldovan-owned rehabilitation center gave "children with health problems in the Republic of Moldova the opportunity to benefit from medical rehabilitation services on the Black Sea coast," Nemerenco said.
Nemerenco paid tribute to the facilities' medical staff who were injured and killed in the Russian bombardment.
"These peaceful people made the days of Moldova's children more beautiful; they took care of their rehabilitation with a lot of love and dedication, and we wish them from the bottom of our hearts a total recovery. To the family of the deceased colleague, we express our deepest condolences and sorrow," she said.
The center had been closed to patients since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, said Nemerenco. No children are thought to have been at the center at the time of the attack.