WHO says it stands with Ukraine, has documented 200 attacks on health facilities

May 9, 2022 - 9:38 AM
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via Reuters/File Photo)

 World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Ukrainians from Kyiv on Saturday that the WHO stood by them in their conflict with Russia, and urged Moscow to stop waging war on its neighbor.

“My message to all the people of Ukraine is this,” he said, speaking from the government media centre in the capital. “WHO stands by you.”

WHO Emergencies Director Mike Ryan told the same news conference that the WHO had already documented 200 attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine, and would pass its findings on to those who could assess whether crimes had been committed.

—Writing by Kevin Liffey;Editing by Andrew Cawthorne