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Authorities in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv have reported a new attack on a health facility, this time on a psychiatric hospital where patients and staff were staying, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said today.
“If this turns out to be true, it would be another attack on healthcare in Ukraine, according to these officials. In this particular place, there were 300 people, about fifty of whom are unable to move,” Jasarevic said in a video call from Leopolis in western Ukraine.
“We condemn all attacks on healthcare facilities, healthcare workers or patients, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, deprives people of medical care and endangers the lives of patients and workers,” he commented.
“Health facilities, in addition to being establishments where people receive health care, should also be places where people feel safe,” the spokesperson added.
WHO has so far verified attacks on 26 health facilities in Ukraine in the two-week war.
Commenting on these attacks, the UN Human Rights Office said they are “shocking acts,” which, if proven to have been committed indiscriminately, could be considered war crimes.
The attack on the psychiatric hospital comes just days after the shelling of a hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol, where a pediatric ward and a maternity ward were operating, in which three people were killed and 17 seriously wounded.