The World Well being Group (WHO) on Wednesday adopted a draft anti-Russia decision on Ukraine, condemning the continuing particular navy operation there and accusing Moscow of focusing on the nation’s healthcare providers.
The decision, titled ‘Well being emergency in Ukraine and refugee-receiving and -hosting international locations, stemming from the Russian Federation’s aggression’ was co-sponsored by all EU members besides Hungary, and by a number of different nations, together with the US and the UK. The doc was backed by 80 out of 194 member states of the worldwide well being watchdog, with 52 abstaining, 9 voting towards, and 36 absent throughout the vote for varied causes.
The draft decision squarely blames Russia for a “continued well being emergency” in Ukraine and in international locations internet hosting refugees, accusing Moscow of “assaults on well being care amenities,” in addition to “widespread assaults on civilians and important civilian infrastructure” that had allegedly resulted in “heavy casualties.” The stance successfully falls according to the narrative that Kiev has pushed, whereas Moscow has repeatedly stated it targets solely navy or dual-use amenities within the nation.
Furthermore, Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of stationing troops at civilian amenities comparable to faculties or hospitals, which turns these into respectable targets. On the similar time, Kiev’s forces have been routinely shelling civilian installations, together with faculties and hospitals, in Russia’s cities close to frontlines.
Through the WHO meeting, a Ukrainian consultant claimed the hostilities have left some 1,256 well being amenities broken. Some 177 of those have been fully destroyed, with some 237 well being employees and sufferers killed or injured. Other than them, the nation has misplaced over 20% of its ambulance fleet, the consultant claimed.
Other than adopting the anti-Russia decision, the worldwide well being physique dismissed an alternate, politically-neutral doc tabled by Russia, titled ‘Well being emergency in and round Ukraine.’ Some 62 members voted towards it, one other 61 abstained, with solely 13 supporting it. The remainder of the member states weren’t represented throughout the vote on the choice doc both.
Russia has condemned the WHO’s determination and people international locations that pushed by the decision, stating that the motion has merely grow to be the most recent try to “wrongly politicize” the supposedly-neutral worldwide physique.
“The availability of medical care needs to be freed from politics, so ought to the WHO,” a Russian consultant informed the group. “Western international locations are bringing politics into this group.”