The authorities of the city of Kharkov, in the northeast of Ukrainehave denounced a new attack against a health establishment, this time against a psychiatric hospital in which patients and staff were found, said this Friday the spokesman for the World Health Organization (who), Tarik Jasarevic.
“If this turned out to be true, it would be another attack on healthcare in Ukraine, according to these authorities. In this particular place there were 300 people, of which about fifty cannot move”Jasarevic said in a video call from Leopolis in western Ukraine.
“We condemn all attacks against health facilities, health personnel or patients, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, deprives people of medical care and endangers the lives of patients and workers,” commented.
“Health establishments, in addition to being places where people receive health care, must also be places where people feel safe”added the spokesman.
The who has so far verified attacks on 26 health facilities in Ukraine in the two weeks of war.
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Commenting on these attacks, the Human Rights Office of the UN indicated that these are “shocking acts”, which if it is shown that they have been committed indiscriminately could be considered war crimes.
The attack on the psychiatric hospital comes a few days after the bombing of a hospital center in the besieged city of Mariupol, where a pediatric section and a maternity worked, and in which three people died and 17 were seriously injured.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday – without providing evidence – that this hospital was being used as a base for radical fighters, but today the Human Rights Office confirmed that it is an establishment that was operational.
The spokeswoman for that Office in Geneva, Liz Throssell, pointed out that it was a hospital divided into different areas and that it was working at the time of the attack.
On the other hand, Jasarevic reported that the who has sent five tons of medical supplies to Kiev and several tons more to cities in eastern Ukraine, where hostilities are most intense and from where the organization awaits confirmation of the arrival and distribution of this aid.