WHO verifies 147 Russian attacks on Ukraine's healthcare facilities

19 April, 03:37 PM
Russian occupiers destroy hospitals in Ukrainian cities (Photo:Ministry of Health)

Russian occupiers destroy hospitals in Ukrainian cities (Photo:Ministry of Health)

A total of 147 attacks on medical facilities have been recorded since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus tweeted on April 19.

"WHO unequivocally condemns the continued increase in attacks on health care in Ukraine. They must stop," he tweeted.

"To date, 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."

Ukraine's Health Ministry announced on April 14 that the Russian invaders had damaged 324 hospitals, 24 of which had been completely destroyed.

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April 19 is the 55th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. After being defeated by Ukrainian forces in the north, Russia is still advancing in the east and south.

Since the first days of the war, the most difficult situations have been seen in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. For more than a month, Russia also shelled Kyiv and the outskirts of the capital, completely destroying a number of settlements. Large amounts of evidence has since emerged that Russian troops committed atrocities on the civilians in the areas they controlled.

At the moment, the enemy is trying to seize the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that have remained under the control of Ukraine since shortly after the start of the war in 2014. According to Ukrainian and Western intelligence, it is massing its troops for an attack on the Donbas.

In a video address on April 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the Russian invaders had begun the Battle for Donbas, and deployed a large part of their army to advance in eastern Ukraine.

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