UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown said in a statement Monday that Russia’s “indiscriminate attacks” in the past week have left many civilians, including children, in south Ukraine injured and frustrated humanitarian efforts.
According to Ukrainian authorities, Russia’s systematic shelling in Kherson and Odesa has allegedly killed seven people in Kherson and at least one person in Odesa. The victims include a 23-day-old infant, whose whole family, including her father, mother and 12-year-old brother, were all killed by a resulting fire.
The attacks also affected humanitarian organizations, as a warehouse of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Kherson region was also targeted. According to the ADRA’s statement, the attack took place when a team of volunteers was delivering vital items for humanitarian aid to villagers. Although the employees managed to run to a shelter before the munitions were dropped, a vehicle donated to the ADRA was damaged, preventing them from delivering humanitarian aid.
The UN stated that it and its partners will continue to support people affected by the war in Ukraine to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: “peace, justice and strong institutions.”