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Ukraine: UN Human Rights Office deplores deadly attack in Donetsk

22 January 2024

A view shows flowers at a market, which were brought by people in memory of victims killed by recent shelling, what local Russian-installed authorities called a Ukrainian military strike and later announced a day of mourning, in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donetsk. © REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Delivered by

UN Human Rights Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani

Location

Geneva

We deplore the killing of civilians in an attack on the occupied Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday, when two local markets and a nearby residential area were struck. We are trying to obtain more information about the attack – despite our lack of access to Donetsk and other Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. We are currently verifying preliminary reports which indicate that civilians were killed in the attack.

It is crucial that thorough, prompt and independent investigations be carried out to determine the facts and responsibility for this attack. The investigation should establish whether this attack violated applicable law on the conduct of hostilities, with a view to ensuring accountability.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk stresses that international humanitarian law must be strictly respected. Parties to the conflict must take all necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties and protect civilians from harm.

For more information and media requests, please contact:

In Geneva
Ravina Shamdasani : + 41 22 917 9169 / [email protected] or
Liz Throssell : + 41 22 917 9296 / [email protected] or
Thameen Al-Kheetan : + 41 76 223 7762 / [email protected]

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