The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) voted this Wednesday by a large majority resolution condemning Russia’s attacks on the Ukrainian health systemat the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
The text, which requires Russia to “immediately cease all attacks against hospitals and other health facilities” in Ukraine, was adopted by 80 votes in favor and nine againstamong them the Russians, China, North Korea, Belarus and Cuba.
Shortly before the vote, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Yevhenia Filipenkoclaimed that “Russia’s masks fell on February 24 last year when it launched its unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, inflicting a serious health emergency.”
The diplomat accused Russia of continuing “its daily attacks against critical and civil infrastructures” in all the country.
Some 52 countries, out of the total 177 member states of the World Health Organization that could vote in particular, abstained, including Hungarythe only European Union nation that did not support the resolution.
According to the most recent data from the WHO, there were 974 attacks verified against health services in Ukraine, with a balance of 101 dead.
Russia and Syria submitted their own text which referred to “grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine” but made no mention of the Russian invasion.
(With information from AFP)
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