The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued indiscriminate targeting of civilian objects including hospitals, medical facilities, schools and shelters, EU High Representative Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said in a joint statement yesterday.
On 14 July, Russia attacked a civilian building and a cultural centre in the city of Vinnytsia, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of others, many of them critically.
Borrell and Lenarčič said the missile attack on Vinnitsia was the latest in a long series of brutal attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has been ravaging the country for more than four and half months. Bucha, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Kremenchuk, Sloviansk, Chasiv Yar, Kharkiv, Odesa, and now Vinnytsia – Russia’s Armed Forces and their proxies are leaving a trail of blood across Ukraine. Thousands of civilians have been already murdered. This barbaric Russian behaviour, in total disregard of International Humanitarian Law, must stop immediately,” says the statement.
Borrell and Lenarčič added that “the civilian population continues to suffer great losses in this war” and that “all those responsible for these atrocities will be held accountable for their actions in accordance with international law“.
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