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UKR_Context_2022_Gert Jochems (17) © Gert Jochems / Agence VU

Press release


Aid agencies call for upholding international humanitarian law, protection of civilians and civilian objects in Ukraine

Several civilian objects were destroyed, including a playground, a pedestrian bridge and several homes. The damage done to critical civilian infrastructure also led to power outages and disruptions to water, electricity and communication supplies, at a time when civilians are preparing for winter.

The attacks come amid a pattern of escalation across the country, which forced several aid agencies to suspend operations over safety concerns for their staff and populations in need of support, until it is safe to resume.

Aid agencies in Ukraine call for respecting obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law and for the protection of civilians and civilian objects from ongoing hostilities.

Reprisal attacks targeting civilians, civilian objects and buildings used for the protection of civilian populations are always prohibited under the laws of war.


  1. Action contre la Faim
  2. Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund
  3. CAFOD
  4. Caritas Ukraine
  5. Corus International
  6. Danish Refugee Council
  7. FHI 360
  8. Finn Church Aid
  9. Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion
  10. HelpAge International
  11. Institute of Psychosomatics and Trauma Healing
  12. International Rescue Committee
  14. Medical Teams International
  15. Mercy Corps
  16. Network 100 percent life Rivne
  17. Pax
  18. People in Need
  19. Plan International
  20. Save the Children
  21. Solidarites International
  22. Stabilization Support Services
  23. Terre des hommes
  24. War Child
  25. World Vision


¹ Données du Ministère de la Santé Ukrainien

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