THE RELENTLESS VIOLENCE AGAINST AID WORKERS MUST STOP
02 February 2024
HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE DENISE BROWN CONDEMNS ATTACKS THAT KILL AND INJURE AID WORKERS.
I am profoundly distressed by the tragic news that two aid workers from the NGO HEKS/EPER were killed and others injured in an attack on 1 February in southern Ukraine.
My thoughts are with their families and colleagues during this absolutely horrific time.
I am shocked to hear that their vehicles were attacked in a manner similar to a tragic incident in Chasiv Yar Town, in the east of Ukraine just a week ago, when a humanitarian vehicle was hit, and an aid worker injured.
Last year, 50 aid workers were killed or injured in Ukraine, including 11 killed in the line of duty. Since the beginning of the year, this repeated pattern of attacks appears to have intensified. In January alone, five aid workers were injured.
This comes at a time when people in front-line areas are facing an extremely dire humanitarian situation with Russia’s invasion impacting every aspect of their daily lives.
International humanitarian law prohibits attacks on humanitarian workers and the repeated violations should be of grave concern to the world.