New York, 9 May 2022 (TDI): An attack on a school in Bilohorivka, Ukraine, was recorded on Saturday. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack on schools which provided shelter to many war-torn civilians.
According to the local news sources in Ukraine, Bilohorivka has become a hotspot of bombardment. President Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed the deaths of 60 civilians during this attack on the school.
The UN Chief has stressed ending the war and establishing peace in line with the UN Charter and international law. He assured that the UN and its humanitarian partners would continue their support operations in Ukraine to help people.
While condemning the attack on the school, the head of the UN Children’s Fund, Catherine Russel, shared her concern regarding unreported casualties of children during this attack.
She emphasized that schools should never be attacked or used for military purposes. She described this attack as a “blatant disregard for civilian lives” and underscored the violation of international law in Ukraine.
Evacuation of Mariupol
In another statement, UN Secretary-General welcomed a migrant group of 170 civilians from Azovstal Steelwork and other parts of Mariupol.
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“My thoughts are with them and all the people in Ukraine who are suffering in this war,” said the UN Chief. He thanked the involved parties during the “complex operation” and applauded the determination and courage of the UN and ICRC teams on the grounds.
Currently, 600 civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol. The Head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has shared his concerns about an attack on the school.
“My time here has affected me very personally. As someone who grew up in a warzone myself, I understand only too well how the people of Ukraine feel – the worry for family and friends, the fear, the sense of loss, and so on,” remarked Ghebreyesus while addressing journalists in Kyiv.
Earlier, WHO had verified 200 attacks on healthcare workers in Ukraine. WHO Chief spelled out that “these attacks must stop. Healthcare is never a target”. The Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also applauded the bravery and kindness of people while helping and protecting each other.
While sharing the recent developments of WHO operations to ensure safety and healthcare provision to war-torn countries, the WHO Chief remarked that peace is the only medicine that cannot be delivered to the people of Ukraine by WHO. He continued to call the Russian Federation to cease war in the country.