The Fox News correspondent who survived the deadly attack in Ukraine is recovering from serious injuries

Olga Zhuchenko speaks with CNN’s Jake Tapper from her hospital bed in Lviv, Ukraine. (CNN)

Fighting and violence in Ukraine are so numerous that hospitals are faced with floods of civilians, who often arrive with wounds unfamiliar to younger doctors. And similar to other conflicts, including in Syria, the Russians are targeting these medical facilities, having so far damaged 279 and completely decimated another 19, according to Ukraine’s health minister.

CNN’s Jake Tapper visited a hospital in the west of the country where patients from the east and south had to travel hundreds of miles to be treated safely.

Olga Zhuchenko survived seven bombs that hit her neighborhood in the Luhansk region but now lies in a hospital bed and may never walk again.

“I lost everything. I lost my home, my property, my health,” she told CNN through a translator. “We didn’t expect to see it. We have always viewed Russians as brotherly people. We never hoped they would wipe us out like that.”

Almost two months into the conflict, it has become clear that attacks on civilian neighborhoods – like Zhuchenk’s – are not an accident, CNN reported.

“The facts allow only one conclusion. The Russians deliberately slaughter Ukrainians. Moms and dads, kids, grandparents,” Tapper continued.

Meanwhile, American doctors have traveled to Ukraine hoping to offer help and experience gained during their time in the Middle East.

“We wanted to share information from our experiences in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Dr. John Holcomb, a professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Tapper at the hospital.

The injuries sustained by Ukrainian civilians are so brutal that local doctors are being confronted with cases unlike any they have seen before.

“The injury we have now is incredible,” said Dr. Hnat Herych, chief of surgery at a Ukrainian hospital. He has seen an influx of thousands of patients and has a message to share.

“I want the world to know that it needs to know that Russian forces are not fighting with the Ukrainian army, they are fighting with the Ukrainian people,” he told Tapper. “They kill civilians, they kill children, they destroy our country.”

And the war harms the Ukrainians in many ways, not only with bullets and bombs.

Olha Akynshyn had to celebrate her 45th birthday in a hospital bed after suffering a serious car accident while fleeing the Kharkiv region with her husband and son.

“We had a happy life. Everything was perfect and then everything changed very abruptly,” she told Tapper through a translator.

After a month of hiding in a basement under constant fire, Akynshyn and her family decided to get in their car and flee when the building next door was leveled. She hadn’t slept in two days and was in a terrible car accident.

“We were so scared, especially our kid was so scared that we couldn’t stay anymore,” she said.

Now Akynshyn is unsure if she will ever be able to return to her old city or life.

“The school my child studied at was destroyed but I hope if our home stays safe we ​​will come back and rebuild it. Our neighbor will rebuild our village, our city. I love my Ukraine so much, I would just want to live here in Ukraine,” she said.

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