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Ukraine war: 'Baby killed in hospital strike'; winter shelter plans and UK sends first helicopter

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Ukraine has promised to provide free shelter to evacuating citizens ahead of a harsh winter and amid relentless Russian strikes.Special "invincibility centres" will be set up across the country to provide electricity, water, internet, and a pharmacy, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address on Tuesday.Russia has been targeting Ukrainian power facilities in recent weeks, leaving millions of citizens without power.The Ukrainian government has begun relocating citizens from recently recaptured cities to areas where heating and security problems are less acute.The head of national grid operator Ukrenergo has described the damage to Ukraine's infrastructure was "colossal"."If massive Russian strikes happen again and its clear power will not be restored for hours, the 'invincibility centres' will go into action with all key services," Zelenskyy said.Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this week that around 8,500 power generator sets are being imported to Ukraine each day.Authorities have warned of power cuts that could affect millions of people until the end of March and have urged citizens to stock up on "warm clothes and blankets".Temperatures commonly stay below freezing in Ukraine in the winter, and snow has already fallen in many areas, including Kyiv.The Kremlin has stated that strikes on Ukraine's energy infrastructure are a consequence of Kyiv being unwilling to negotiate.A newborn baby was killed after an overnight rocket attack struck a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine, authorities said Wednesday.The strike -- which Kyiv has blamed on Russia -- hit the two-story building in the town of Vilniansk, near Zaporizhzhia.

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