Global Nurses Union Says Russian Attacks on Hospitals Amount to War Crimes

A world nurses’ union representing greater than 2.5 million healthcare employees worldwide issued an announcement late Tuesday accusing Russia of committing conflict crimes throughout its assault on Ukraine, a weeks-long navy marketing campaign that has included assaults on dozens of hospitals and different medical services.

“The most recent such assault, the bombing of a maternity and kids’s hospital within the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol, has left not less than three useless, together with a baby, and lots of wounded,” famous International Nurses United (GNU), which forcefully condemned Russia’s assault on Ukraine and expressed “solidarity with the nurses and different healthcare professionals of Ukraine who’re struggling mightily to offer care throughout this unprovoked invasion.”

The World Well being Group (WHO) has documented not less than 31 assaults on Ukrainian healthcare services since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24. In a recent report, Amnesty Worldwide famous that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been marked by indiscriminate assaults on civilian areas and strikes on protected objects equivalent to hospitals.”

“These heinous assaults represent conflict crimes and should not go as unlucky occasions going down within the fog of conflict,” GNU stated Tuesday. “We totally help the WHO’s assertion that ‘assaults on healthcare violate worldwide regulation and endanger lives. Even in instances of battle, we should shield the sanctity and security of healthcare, a basic human proper.’”

“Nurses and healthcare employees confront trauma and uncertainty when offering care throughout one of the best of instances, and now our sisters and brothers face focused navy strikes as they deal with conflict casualties and others too sick to flee,” the group continued. “On this conflict of alternative, International Nurses United calls upon the Russian authorities to decide on an instantaneous ceasefire, make sure the secure passage of these displaced by the combating, have interaction in diplomacy in good religion, and withdraw its forces from Ukraine.”