World Council of Churches condemns Russian attacks

23-01-2023

European Union

Lennart Nijenhuis, CNE.news

Dr Jerry Pillay, secretary general of the world council of churches. Photo Wikimedia Commons

Dr Jerry Pillay, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, denounced Russia’s continuing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and called for an end to the bloodshed.

“Recent attacks have claimed the lives of 40 more civilians, in addition to the horrendous human suffering caused by the Russian invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine,” Pillay said.

According to local authorities, the death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 on Saturday. Under the rubble, 75 wounded were found, including 14 children, while dozens of people are still being searched for.

“We once again call for respect for the principles of international humanitarian law about the protection of civilians, for an end to attacks deliberately directed against civilian infrastructure, and for an end to this war and the violent violations of law and morality associated with it.”

It is not the first time the WCC has expressed its concern about the Russian attacks on Ukraine. In November, the acting general secretary Ioan Sauca expressed grave concern over continued recurrent attacks by Russian forces on energy facilities and other civilian infrastructure.

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