UN: People of Ukraine under existential threat

April 12,2024 253
UN: People of Ukraine under existential threat

Today, the people of Ukraine face an existential threat due to Russian aggression, stated UN Deputy Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča on April 11, as reported by Voice of America. Additionally, the escalation of the war is a “direct threat to regional stability and international security.”

In March, Russia killed at least 126 civilians in Ukraine and injured another 478, which is “a 20 per cent increase compared with the previous month“, Jenča said.

We are appalled by the increase in civilian casualties as a result of these relentless attacks,” added the UN representative. In March alone, at least 57 children were killed or injured. Additionally, 12 medical facilities and 32 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General reiterated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of the UN Charter. The occupiers’ attacks continue to inflict significant harm on the people of Ukraine.

This is unacceptable. … Attacks on civilians and on civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international law. They must cease immediately, and we continue to condemn them, wherever they occur,” Jenča said.

In total, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has taken the lives of 10,810 people, including 600 children. Another 20,556 people, including 1,357 children, have been injured.

Cover: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas