Humanity & Inclusion's Emergency Director, Fanny Mraz, issued the following response to a deadly attack in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, on July 14:
A shopping mall, a dance studio and a wedding hall were hit on Thursday, July 14, in the center of the city of Vinnytsia in Ukraine by Russian cruise missiles, reportedly killing at least 23 people, including 3 children, and injuring more than 100 others.
This attack, as all the other airstrikes and shelling hitting civilians and civilian infrastructures in several regions of Ukraine, is atrocious and very concerning for the Ukrainian population. These attacks are also concerning for the humanitarian community, as they may restrict movements and therefore access to humanitarian aid. Humanity & Inclusion strongly condemns any of those attacks and supports the UN Secretary General's call for accountability for such violations.
On June 17, States agreed on a final version of a political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The declaration commits states to imposing limits on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas to prevent harm to civilians. It further commits states to assisting victims and addressing the long-term impacts of damage and destruction to civilian infrastructure. We urge as many States as possible to endorse this text this autumn in Dublin, to never see this nightmarish scenario of bombing civilians unfolding again.