UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, which killed at least 40 people, as a possible war crime, he said on Monday (01.16.2023). ) its spokesperson.
“Saturday night’s attack on a residential building in Dnipro” was “one of the deadliest attacks in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began last February,” Stephanie Tremblay said. “The Secretary-General has condemned this attack as another example of alleged violations of the laws of war,” he told reporters.
Denis Brown, the UN coordinator in Ukraine, called for “an effective investigation into the alleged war crimes and the proper prosecution of the suspects,” Tremblay said. Something the German Foreign Minister also defended today. The attack left at least 40 dead, 46 missing and 75 injured. According to the organization, the attack has left more than a thousand people homeless, in addition to the high number of casualties expected as rescue efforts continue.
The UN and several of its agencies are providing psychological assistance, clothing, blankets, hygiene kits, medicines and other basic items to the affected families and supporting their relocation to temporary housing in the city. A Kremlin spokesman said today that the blast was caused by a rocket from Ukrainian anti-aircraft systems.
The United Nations condemned Sunday’s attack on Ukrainian Red Cross facilities in the city of Kherson, an episode that caused no casualties but the loss of critical equipment. “International humanitarian law is clear: humanitarian workers and facilities are protected and efforts must continue to be made to save them,” Tremblay said.
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