“Deliberate attacks on civilians are war crimes”: EU condemns attack on Kharkiv

The European Union, the White House, and several EU heads of state and government have strongly condemned the Russian rocket attack on a cafe in the Kharkiv Oblast on October 5th.

“Russia’s horrific terror against the Ukrainian civilian population shows no signs of abating and has reached another cruel milestone today,” said EU High Representative Josep Borrell in a statement, according to The Kyiv Independent. “Deliberate attacks on civilians are war crimes. The Russian leadership, all commanders, perpetrators, and accomplices of these atrocities will be held accountable.” The attack resulted in the deaths of 51 people and injuries to six others. The cafe was where villagers had gathered for a memorial service.

Attack on Kharkiv: deadliest since the start of the war

Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, stated via X: “I strongly condemn the Russian attack on a grocery store in Kupiansk, in which several innocent civilians lost their lives. My thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the authorities facing yet another unspeakable tragedy.” The attack on the cafe in the village of Hroza was the deadliest since the start of the Russian offensive war in February of the previous year. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau also spoke out, stating that Russia must be stopped as soon as possible and held accountable for “all its barbarism.

Image: kremlin.ru, Совещание по развитию дальневосточных городов (2023-03-14) 01, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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