CIVILIANS AND HUMANITARIAN PERSONNEL IN UKRAINE ARE NOT A TARGET
08 December 2023
STATEMENT BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE, DENISE BROWN, ON RECENT ATTACKS IMPACTING CIVILIANS, CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE
The attacks by Russian forces over the past week, harming civilians, civilian infrastructure and humanitarian operations across Ukraine, are unacceptable.
The week began with significant damage to a humanitarian hub of a local non-governmental organization following an attack in Kherson. Life-saving humanitarian supplies were destroyed, depriving thousands of people of aid in this difficult winter time. The following day, a volunteer from another national NGO, a resident of Kherson, was killed. Since the beginning of the year, 15 aid workers have been killed in Ukraine, including 11 in the line of duty, and 34 injured.
In further attacks during this week, more health facilities were damaged, and four health workers were injured in Kherson City. Attacks continued in other parts of southern and eastern Ukraine, as well as in the central Dnipro Region, killing and injuring civilians, harming civilian infrastructure and impeding aid distribution.
I strongly condemn the civilian toll of these attacks, which indicate a blatant disregard for civilian life and international humanitarian law. Civilians and critical civilian infrastructure, including humanitarian and medical facilities, which are crucial for saving lives, must be protected.
Humanitarians must be allowed to operate safely to provide relief to millions of civilians affected by the brutality of this war.
Kyiv, 8 December 2023
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