The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the situation in Ukraine due to the war as one of eight acute health emergencies worldwide. In the first nine months of last year alone, 14,000 civilian casualties were documented, the UN agency said in a report. 17.7 million people needed humanitarian assistance. 7.5 million Ukrainians were fleeing in Europe, it said.
Of 471 attacks with heavy weapons on health facilities worldwide, 448 occurred in Ukraine, the report, presented to the Executive Board by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
Russia, which attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24 last year, calling it a “special military operation,” rejected the report Saturday. Russia’s representative on the WHO Executive Board called it one-sided and unfounded. The government in Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilian targets in Ukraine. However, numerous destructions of civilian facilities due to Russian attacks have been documented in Ukraine.
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