THERE HAS BEEN ALMOST ONE ATTACK EVERY OTHER DAY HITTING VITAL PORT AND GRAIN FACILITIES IN UKRAINE
13 September 2023
STATEMENT BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE, DENISE BROWN, ON TODAY’S ATTACKS THAT HIT UKRAINE’S DANUBE PORTS
It is hugely alarming to hear that the two Ukrainian ports in the Danube River were once again struck during overnight Russian attacks on the Odesa Region. This tragic event left at least six civilians injured, according to the port authorities.
Today’s strike on Ukrainian ports was the 21st of such attacks since Russia’s decision to terminate the Black Sea Initiative less than two months ago. It is shocking but since 17 July there has been almost one attack every other day hitting vital port and grain facilities in Ukraine.
The consequences of this brutal and relentless pattern of Russian attacks are catastrophic for the people of Ukraine and the 345 million people facing hunger worldwide.
International humanitarian law strictly prohibits attacks on civilian infrastructure. This must stop.