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The United Nations has called for an end to the bombing and military use of schools in Ukraine. “Hundreds of schools across the country have been reportedly hit by heavy artillery, airstrikes and other explosive weapons in populated areas,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi told the UN Security Council on Thursday. “These attacks must stop.”
“Other schools are used as information centers, emergency shelters, supply centers or for military purposes – with long-term effects on children’s return to school,” Abdi said. One of six schools in eastern Ukraine supported by Unicef has been “damaged or destroyed” since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, Abdi said as of last week.
The Security Council meeting was convened at the request of Mexico and France. They stressed that attacks on schools are a flagrant violation of humanitarian law. French Ambassador to the UN Nicolas de Riviere accused Russia of killing “civilians, including children,” in Ukraine. His Russian counterpart Wassili Nebensia dismissed these as “absurd allegations”. (AFP)