At this stage it is obviously very difficult to establish with absolute certainty what happened, but given the location, given that a cafe was hit, everything points to a Russian missile, says a UN spokesman
The death toll from yesterday’s airstrike on the small village has risen to 52, where rescue teams continue to search the wreckage of what Kiev described as one of Moscow’s deadliest attacks on civilians since Russia invaded. in Ukraine.
The last victim succumbed to his injuries in hospital overnight, Kharkiv governor Oleh Sinekhubov clarified while speaking to Ukrainian television networks. “There are still people (in hospitals). The injuries are quite serious,” he added.
The rescue crews continue their investigations in the area, while in the Kharkiv region a three-day mourning was declared for the victims of the attack.
“Everything indicates” that a Russian missile hit the village of Khroza in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine yesterday, Thursday, killing dozens of peoplea representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today.
“At this stage it’s obviously very difficult to establish with absolute certainty what happened, but given the location, given that a cafe was hit, everything points to it being a Russian missile,” Elizabeth Throssell noted at a regular press conference given by the UN headquarters in Geneva, stressing that the investigation needs to proceed.
The UN Secretary General and other UN agency officials and Western countries condemned this attack.
“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international humanitarian law,” Antonio Guterres said yesterday, according to his spokesman.
Europeans and Americans clearly blamed Russia for the attack, while The Kremlin today reiterated its statement that the Russian military does not strike civilian targets.
Russia is hitting military infrastructure in Ukraineas well as gatherings of soldiers and the country’s military leadership, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented.
“There don’t appear to be any military targets nearby, but it will certainly require more extensive examination and verification,” Throssell said in an interview from Geneva.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will send an eight-member teamin which the head of the Human Rights Monitoring Committee in Ukraine will participate, she clarified.
This team will arrive in the area on Saturday and collect testimonies from survivors and more information to clarify what happened.
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, who has seen the horrific impact of such attacks, is deeply shocked and condemns these attacks,” Throssell concluded.
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