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UN Secretary General comments on missile attack on Ukraine

Jul 9, 2024

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Russia's large-scale missile attack on Ukrainian cities, including the attack on the Okhmatdyt children's hospital in Kyiv.

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine, citing a statement by the UN Secretary-General's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.


It is noted that the UN Secretary-General strongly condemns the Russian Federation's rocket attacks on residential buildings and civilian infrastructure throughout Ukraine, in particular in the cities of Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, Dnipro and Pokrovsk. The shelling reportedly killed dozens of civilians, including children, and injured more than 150 others.

The UN Secretary-General emphasized that the missile strikes on the National Children's Specialized Hospital "Okhmatdyt" in Kyiv, "which is the largest pediatric institution in Ukraine," and another medical facility in the Dnipro district of the capital, are particularly shocking.

"Targeting civilians and civilian objects is prohibited under international humanitarian law. Such attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately. The UN Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of all the victims and wishes the wounded a speedy recovery," the statement reads.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis, also condemned the missile strikes on Ukraine.

On his page on social networking site X, he condemned the devastating Russian attack on the Okhmatdyt hospital in Kyiv in the strongest terms.

"I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the victims and their families," Francis wrote.

The head of the UN General Assembly said that he had recently visited Ukraine, where he "witnessed the resilience and courage of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression."

"This unconscionable attack on civilians, especially children, is a flagrant violation of international law and the principles of the UN Charter. All civilians must be protected," he added.

Author - Dmitriy Levchenko, 09/07/2024

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