Press Release

UN Human Rights Official Denounces Attack in Eastern Ukraine

08 September 2023

Kyiv, 8 September 2023 - Danielle Bell, the head of the UN's Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) denounced this week’s horrific attack on a crowded market in Kostyantynivka in Ukraine's Donetsk Region and emphasized its wide-reaching, devastating effects.

The attack, occurring in the early afternoon of 6 September, killed 16 and injured dozens.  An 18-year-old young man and an 83-year-old woman are among the dead.

“An attack on a crowded market in the city centre carries far-reaching consequences, affecting not only the immediate victims and their families, but also the broader community and their livelihoods,” said Bell following her meeting yesterday with the administrative authorities of Kramatorsk Raion, Donetsk Region. “This latest attack, among the deadliest in recent months, yet again reflects the calculated brutality inflicted on Ukrainians since Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine nearly a year and a half ago," she added.

According to HRMMU, over 9,500 civilians have lost their lives, and more than 17,000 have sustained injuries since the commencement of the Russian attack. However, given HRMMU's inability to access to areas under Russian occupation, where intense fighting has occurred, the actual toll could be significantly higher.

HRMMU extends our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families and our compassion to the injured.

 Krzysztof Janowski

Krzysztof Janowski


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