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Press briefing notes Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ukraine: Wave of Russian missiles strike

09 July 2024


Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Jeremy Laurence joined by Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU): Danielle Bell - remotely from Kyiv


Jeremy Laurence - Geneva / Danielle Bell - Kyiv

Last night, the UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk described as abominable the deadly blasts at two Kyiv hospitals that treat children and women.

The Russian Federation launched a wave of strikes on densely populated areas of Ukraine, including the cities of Kryvi Rih, Pokrovsk and Dnipro. As well as the hospitals, we have received reports key energy infrastructure facilities were hit.

The High Commissioner deplored the attacks, and called on those with influence to do everything in their power to ensure these attacks stop immediately.

Civilians must be protected, and the laws of war strictly adhered to. There must be prompt, thorough and independent investigations into these latest grave attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and those responsible must be held to account.

This morning we are joined from Kyiv by Danielle Bell, the head of our Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Video footage of Danielle Bell’s remarks and responses will be uploaded here in due course:

For more information and media requests, please contact:

In Geneva
Jeremy Laurence +41 22 917 9383 / [email protected] 
Ravina Shamdasani + 41 22 917 9169 / [email protected] 
Liz Throssell + 41 22 917 9296 / [email protected]

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