European Union condemns deadly Russian strikes on Vinnytsia in central Ukraine

Russian missile attack on Vinnytsia

Firefighters work to extinguish fire at a building damaged by shelling, in Vinnytsia, Ukraine on July 14, 2022

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Brussels: The European Union (EU) on Thursday condemned the Russian missile attack on Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, reported AFP. At least 23 people, including three children, were killed in the missile attack. The EU called the Russian missile attack an “atrocity”.

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and commissioner for crisis management Janez Lenarcic said, “This atrocity in Vinnytsia is the latest in a long series of brutal attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

Slamming Russian forces for the attack, the EU said that there could be no impunity for violations and crimes committed. According to reports, over 100 people were also injured in the attack. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack “an open act of terrorism”.
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Zelensky described Russia as a “killer country” after the attack. “Every day, Russia kills civilians, kills Ukrainian children, carries out missile attacks on the civilian facilities where there is no military target. What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?” the Ukrainian President said in a statement.

The attack came as the top EU officials met in The Hague to discuss war crimes in Ukraine. During the conference, Zelensky called for a tribunal to hold Russia accountable for war crimes in his country.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the Russian missile strikes on Vinnytsia. In a statement, the UN chief’s spokesperson said that Guterres was appalled by the missile attack. Guterres also called for accountability for such violations. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.