17:59 29 Dec 2023

"Russia does not stop": Dutch PM urges allies to keep supporting Ukraine in its fight

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has condemned Russia's latest missile attack and called on the world to continue to support Ukraine.

He said this on X, Ukrinform reports.

"Terrible reports from Ukraine about unprecedented Russian air strikes on schools, homes, shopping centers and a maternity hospital. Once again, Russia is causing many civilian casualties. Russia does not stop."

He says "the only right response to this is to continue to support Ukraine financially and militarily so that it can defend itself against this ongoing Russian aggression."

EU top official Josep Borrell also condemned Russia's massive attack on Ukrainian cities and reaffirmed the EU's support for Ukraine.

"Overnight, Russia carried out one of the biggest attacks on cities and people since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The EU will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes," he said.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown, strongly condemned the cowardly Russian attacks on populated areas of Ukraine over the past few hours, which have caused destruction, death and suffering.

"I condemn in the strongest terms a series of cowardly Russian strikes on populated areas of Ukraine over the past few hours that have caused destruction, death and suffering. The strikes have damaged homes, schools, hospitals, a shopping center, a subway station, and power grid facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries in nearly every region of the country."

Families and emergency services are now clearing the rubble to rescue people from the destroyed buildings.

"For the people of Ukraine, this is yet another unacceptable example of the horrific reality they face. An example of how 2023 has become another year of unspeakable suffering," Brown stated.

The UN Coordinator reiterated that both indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately directed against civilians or civilian objects are strictly prohibited.


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