The UN Human Rights Office is concerned about the difficult situation in the Kharkov region

В Управлении ООН по правам человека обеспокоены тяжелой ситуацией в Харьковской области

Liz Trosell The UN Human Rights Office is concerned about the difficult situation in the Kharkov region International Law

The UN Human Rights Office is concerned about the plight of civilians in Ukraine, especially in the Kharkiv region, where Russian military forces have stepped up their attacks in recent days. This led to the seizure of even more territory in Ukraine and further displacement of the population. The Department also announced a potential threat to Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine.

The UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has confirmed that at least eight civilians have been killed and 35 injured in the Kharkiv region since last Friday. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

“Since the last Russian offensive on May 10, during which they took control of several small settlements, at least 6,000 people are believed to have fled or been evacuated from border areas. Many reached the city of Kharkov, which is only 30-40 kilometers from the site of hostilities,” said Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She noted that hostilities have intensified in the Kharkov region. In the border areas and in the city itself, air raid sirens are heard almost constantly and explosions are heard.

Attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure also continue, affecting millions of people across the country since March. Power outages occur daily in Kharkov.

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“It is reported that in the northeastern border city of Volchansk, where significant destruction, heavy fighting continues. It is believed that several hundred civilians out of the approximately 3,000 people who inhabited the city before May 10 are still there,” Throssell said. 

The department also There were reports that debris from an intercepted missile damaged a residential building in Belgorod, resulting in civilian casualties. 

In Ukraine in April, at least At least 129 civilians and 574 were injured, mostly as a result of attacks by Russian armed forces along the front line.

The Department again called on Russia to cease hostilities – in accordance with relevant resolutions UN General Assembly and mandatory provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice.

“We also call on all parties to make every effort to avoid or minimize harm to civilians at all times , including by eliminating the use of explosive weapons with widespread effect in populated areas,” Throssell said.


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