Monday, March 20, 2023

    WCC denounces continuing attacks on civilians in Ukraine

    World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay denounced continuing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Russia’s ongoing illegal war against the people of Ukraine.

    That’s according to the WCC press service.

    “The latest attacks have added 40 more civilian lives to the terrible toll of human suffering resulting from Russia’s invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine,” said Pillay.

    The death toll from Russian missile attack on a residential block in Ukraine’s city of Dnipro on Saturday has risen to 40, according to local officials. Seventy-five people were wounded in the strike, including 14 children, and dozens are still missing.

    “We appeal once again for respect for the principles of international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians, for the attacks that deliberately target civilian infrastructure to stop, and for an end to this war and its violent violations of law and morality.”

    As reported earlier, on January 14, a Russian strike targeted a high-rise apartment block in the city of Dnipro. The deadly Kh-22 (NATO name: Kitchen) was launched by a Russian Tu-22m3 strategic bomber from the Russian airspace.

    A total of 45 people were killed by the strike, including six children. Twenty residents are still reported as missing.