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Ukraine ‘on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe’, UK Ambassador says
Ukraine is on the brink of a “humanitarian catastrophe”, Britain’s UN Ambassador Dame Barbara Woodward has warned an emergency meeting of the Security Council.
As Russia continues its assault on the eastern European country, Dame Barbara was among those at the UN to accuse the Kremlin of launching “indiscriminate attacks against men, women and children” and violating international humanitarian law.
She said: “As a consequence of President Putin’s decision to set afloat a complete-extent invasion of Ukraine, a country of 44 million people is now on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
“Missiles have rained down on Kharkiv, with cluster munitions hitting residential areas and injuring residents. Disruption to supply chains has caused food shortages in Kramatorsk.
“The reckless bombing of an oil depot in Vasylkiv, has unleashed toxic fumes in nearby communities.
“Violence in Kyiv has forced people to seek refuge underground, with many thousands, including the elderly and disabled, unable to evacuate.”
The UK long-lasting representative to the UN told the Security Council that “hundreds of civilians had been killed as a consequence of the Russian invasion” and seven million people had been displaced, with the figure “rising exponentially”.
Ukraine’s representative, Sergiy Kyslytsya, told the council that Kyiv was “sitting within Russian crosshairs right now” and that 352 people, including 16 children, had been killed as of Monday in the fighting.
He accused Moscow troops of attacking hospitals and ambulances in a determination to “kill civilians”, adding: “There is no argue. These are war crimes.”
But Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian UN long-lasting representative, said his country’s armed forces did “not have the goal of occupying Ukraine or harming the local population”.
A Russian armoured means was destroyed by Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv (
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