IT IS HEINOUS TO ATTACK THE MAIN SQUARE OF A LARGE CITY
19 August 2023
STATEMENT BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE, DENISE BROWN, ON AN ATTACK THAT HIT THE CENTRE OF CHERNIHIV
I am extremely disturbed by the news of yet another Russian strike that hit shortly ago the heart of Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine, leaving dozens of civilians killed and injured, including children. It is heinous to attack the main square of a large city, in the morning, while people are out walking, some going to the church to celebrate a religious day for many Ukrainians.
I condemn this repeated pattern of Russian strikes on populated areas of Ukraine, causing deaths, massive destruction and soaring humanitarian needs.
Attacks directed against civilians or civilian objects are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law. It must stop.