The UN, the United States and the European Union condemned the brutal Russian attack on a market in Ukraine that left 17 dead

Paramedics load a wounded man into an ambulance after a Russian missile attack at an open-air market in the city of Konstantinovka (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (Evgeniy Maloletka/)

The United Nations (UN), the United States and the European Union condemned the brutal Russian attack on a market in eastern Ukraine that left at least 17 dead and more than 30 wounded.

“These brutal Russian attacks underscore the importance of continuing to support the people of Ukraine in defending their territory”White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said at a daily press briefing.

Meanwhile, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, has shown her rejection of the recent Russian attack on a market in Konstantinovka (Donetsk), and has recalled that intentional attacks on the population and civilian infrastructure is a war crime.

“The despicable attack on a busy market in Konstantinovka, in the Donetsk region, brutalized civilians in this war-torn community a few hours ago, killing and wounding dozens of adults and children,” Brown said in a statement. communiqué where it catalogs this date as “a truly sad day”.

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A corpse lies on the ground in front of a burning market after an attack with Russian shells in the center of the city of Kostiantynivka (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (Evgeniy Maloletka/)

Brown has remarked that this episode is “just another example” of the suffering that the Russian invasion inflicts on the Ukrainian population, and has also denounced the recent attacks on schools and homes in the Zaporizhia region, as well as on port infrastructure in Odessa.

“Intentionally directing an attack against civilians or civilian objects, or intentionally launching an attack knowing that it will cause disproportionate civilian harm is a war crime.”has asserted the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, who has appealed for respect for Humanitarian Law.

This affirmation has been shared by the European Union, which has also recalled that “intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes.” “All commanders, perpetrators and accomplices of these atrocities must be held accountable”, they have transferred from the EU.

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Paramedics provide first aid to injured people in the food market (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (Evgeniy Maloletka/)

In turn, the EU repudiated the “atrocious and barbarian” Russian attack. “The EU strongly condemns these attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure and calls on Russia to immediately stop its inhumane and illegal aggression,” a spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a statement.

“Intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes.. All commanders, those responsible for, and accomplices in these atrocities must be held accountable,” added the same spokesperson.

“Russia continues to terrorize the civilian population of Ukraine. The heinous and barbaric missile attack carried out today against a market area in Kostyantynivka in the Donetsk region,” the EEAS spokesperson said in a statement.

Police officers and rescue teams inspect the site of a Russian military attack in Kostiantynivka (Ukrainian Ministry/Handout via REUTERS)
Police officers and rescue teams inspect the site of a Russian military attack in Kostiantynivka (Ukrainian Ministry / Handout via REUTERS) (INTERIOR MINISTRY OF UKRAINE /)

This attack “follows an escalation in recent months of missile and drone attacks across Ukraine, especially against civilian objects, which have killed and injured more than 410 civilians in the past two weeks alone.”

Besides, “adds to Russia’s daily indiscriminate shelling near front lines, causing hundreds of civilian casualties”.

The EU also denounced that Russia has “intensified” the attacks against “key installations for the export of Ukrainian cereals, including the Odesa and Danube areas” and indicated that “the last attack took place last night.”

“This further demonstrates how Russia is exacerbating the global food security crisis with its illegal war of aggression against Ukraine, but it also highlights Russia’s logic of maximizing its economic gains at Ukraine’s expense, deliberately putting millions of people at risk. most vulnerable people around the world”, added the same spokesperson.

At least 17 people have died and more than thirty have been injured as a result of a Russian attack perpetrated at 2:00 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT) against the central market of Kostiantinivka, in the eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province, the Ukrainian public news agency, Ukrinform.

(With information from AFP, EFE and Europa Press)