Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, on the airstrike that hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk [EN/UK] – Ukraine

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I am appalled to learn that an airstrike hit a shopping center in central Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, today afternoon. Hundreds of people were thought to be inside the mall when it was struck. If the number of victims is not yet known, whatever it is, an attack which strikes a shopping center is quite deplorable.

My thoughts and my heart go out to the families and loved ones of those who were killed, to the injured and to the people of Kremenchuk and Ukraine who had to witness another tragic event.

This is just one more example of the massive suffering that Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing the people of that country. Over the weekend, we saw disturbing reports of a new wave of airstrikes and bombings once again hitting civilian infrastructure in several parts of Ukraine. Many civilians were killed or injured, and homes, health facilities and other civilian infrastructure were reportedly damaged.

The United Nations strongly condemns the impact on civilians of these latest attacks, and I call for an independent investigation to hold those responsible accountable. I will not tire of repeating that the parties to the conflict have an obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. This includes respecting the principle of proportionality for any military operation, which prohibits attacks which may be expected to cause accidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects. .

Kyiv, June 27, 2022.

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