World Health Organisation confirms 26 hospitals in Ukraine were attacked
WHO: At least 26 Ukraine health facilities attacked since Russian invasion began
A doctor speaks on her phone in a pediatrics center that was moved to the basement of a Kyiv hospital on Feb. 28. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
11 March 2022 reported by Axios
The World Health Organization confirmed there have been at least 26 attacks on Ukrainian health facilities since the start of Russia’s unprovoked invasion.
State of play: The organization has deemed two other attacks as “possible.” It also found that at least 12 people have died as a result of the attacks and 34 more have been injured since Feb. 24.
- WHO said that the attacks included one on a children’s hospital in Mariupol, which also housed a maternity ward.
What they’re saying: “WHO strongly condemns these attacks,” the organization said in a statement
- “Attacks on health care violate international law and endanger lives. Even in times of conflict, we must protect the sanctity and safety of health care, a fundamental human right,” WHO said earlier this week, per The Washington Post.
The big picture: People too sick to leave Ukraine’s hospitals have been sheltering in beds and on mattresses in hospital basements, despite evacuation orders in the country, Axios’ Tina Reed reports.