The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that his organization had verified nearly 150 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine and demanded that they stop.
“[email protected] unequivocally condemns the continued increase in attacks on healthcare in #Ukraine. They must stop. To date, the WHO has verified 147 attacks, including 73 people killed and 53 injured. War will not be a solution. Once again, I call on Russia to end the war,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted.
Images of a devastated maternity hospital in Mariupol have circulated widely after Ukrainian officials accused Russia of bombing the facility in March.
The bomb attack killed three people and injured more than a dozen.
Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in London claimed that the photos of the attack were fake and claimed dubious claims about the hospital, who used it and information about one of the victims, which has led Twitter to delete several posts.
Ukrainian officials have also accused Russia of attacking a cancer hospital in the southern city of Mykolaiv, among several other buildings.
The United States determined last month that Russia had committed war crimes in Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighting attacks on hospitals, among other acts by Russian forces, in his announcement of the official assessment. .
President Biden and former President Trump have also claimed that Russia committed genocide in Ukraine. Biden noted, however, that the final decision on whether Russia’s actions constituted genocide would rest with his lawyers.