UN coordinator says Russian attack on Kharkiv shopping centre ‘utterly unacceptable’

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UNITED NATIONS, 26th May.  UN Humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine Denise Brown on Saturday strongly condemned the Russian  air strike on shopping center in Kharkiv and called for civilians to be protected.

She noted that an attack by Russian armed forces on a busy shopping centre in Kharkiv on Saturday reportedly killed at least 4 people and injured around 40

“I am appalled and shocked by the terrifying news arriving from Kharkiv”, said Ms. Brown in a statement.

“This afternoon, in broad daylight as people – despite all the horrors they endure every day in this city – were trying to go about their day, their lives were shattered by yet another attack by the Russian Armed Forces. The strike hit a busy shopping centre with scores of civilian casualties and massive damage to civilian facilities”.

She added that attacks by Russian forces hitting civilians and civilian infrastructure must stop, and noted that intentionally directing an attack against civilian infrastructure is strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law.

Ms. Brown stressed that the strike is reported to have hit the Epicentr K home improvement store in the north of the city.

In a social media post, the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, described it as “pure terrorism”.

According to UN sources, a second attack on Saturday is believed to have caused some 12 casualties.

The northeastern Kharkiv region is now on the frontline of the war in Ukraine after Russian advances.

According to a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office, about 35 civilians in the region have been killed and 137 injured since Russian armed forces launched cross-border attacks on 10 May; more than half of those killed and injured were over 60 years old and were unable or unwilling to leave their homes.

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