STATEMENT BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE, DENISE BROWN, ON AN ATTACK THAT DESTROYED THE CARITAS-SPES WAREHOUSE IN LVIV
19 September 2023
I condemn in the strongest terms a Russian airstrike that destroyed the warehouse of the non-governmental organization Caritas-Spes in Lviv, western Ukraine, in the early hours of today. The vital humanitarian facility, which contained approximately 300 tons of relief supplies, was burned to the ground.
Attacks impacting humanitarian assets have escalated throughout the year and ultimately impact those who are suffering the horrific consequences of the war.
Humanitarian workers, facilities and assets are protected under international humanitarian law. Direct attacks or indiscriminate attacks are strictly prohibited. International humanitarian law is not an option, it is an obligation and must be upheld.
Donetska Oblast, 19 September 2023