Ukraine: Alarm in Security Council over attacks on civilians

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As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the suffering of Ukrainian civilians worsens

According to UN News, top UN officials told the Security Council that the recent increase in deadly attacks on civilians in Ukraine and Russia, including by armed drones, is  not in compliance  with International Law and should stop as soon as possible.
UN News points out that the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA) has condemned the attacks on civilians and infrastructure that have been increasing since the beginning of the year, following the extension of the fighting to new residential areas in eastern Ukraine.

The  appeal was echoed by Lisa Doughten of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who reiterated how the latest wave of attacks, which took place during a harsh winter, demonstrates how the conflict continues to inflict immeasurable human suffering, death and devastation on the Ukrainian population
Specifically, this war is having  considerable impact on women and girls, with an increase in gender-based violence becoming a shocking hallmark of this war.

OSCE is also concerned for the continuing indiscriminate military attacks and cases of torture, arbitrary detention and other serious human rights violations that also worry public opinion. ODIHR Director Matteo Mecacci stated that the terrible consequences of this war for civilians, in particular children, cannot be overstated.
The UN and its partners continue to do everything possible to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people throughout Ukraine, despite the deteriorating security situation. International humanitarian law itself requires all parties to allow and facilitate the access of humanitarians  in the country in order to guarantee humanitarian aid  to all civilians in need.

 

 

To read more, visit:

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/03/1147442

https://www.osce.org/odihr/563352

 

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