russians damaged 324 hospitals, killed 6 doctors in Ukraine – human rights commissioner

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The russian army has damaged 324 hospitals, including 14 children’s hospitals, since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Liudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian human rights commissioner, wrote on Telegram.

“Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the russian army has damaged 324 hospitals, including 14 children’s hospitals. Twenty-four health care facilities cannot be restored,” she informed.

Some 60 ambulance crews came under fire, and six doctors were killed.

“Because of the damage done, the rights of Ukrainian citizens to life and medical care have been violated – the right to emergency, palliative care, care during childbirth and psychological assistance,” Denisova stressed.

According to Articles 18 and 20 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949, civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack, but must always be used, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the parties to the conflict.

According to Denisova, such actions by the russian army are war crimes in accordance with Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

She called on the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine and the International Committee of the Red Cross to take all possible measures to provide medicines and medical care to residents of the occupied territories, including the cities of Mariupol, Kherson and Izium that are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Deisova also asked the UN commission investigating human rights violations during russia’s military invasion of Ukraine to take into account these facts of war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine.

Denisova informed on April 4 that russian authorities had already prepared 280 cases for the illegal adoption of Ukrainian children taken away from the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions before the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

As reported earlier, russians destroyed over 900 educational facilities in Ukraine.

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