Russia and Ukraine: The World Health Organization warns that the lives of millions of Ukrainians are in danger this winter
The World Health Organization says millions of lives will be at risk in Ukraine this winter.
The war destroyed or damaged half of the country’s energy infrastructure. according to dr Hans-Henri Kluge, WHO Sub-Director for Europe, 10 million people are currently living without electricity.
In some regions, temperatures are expected to drop to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
The World Health Organization has counted 703 attacks on healthcare facilities since the Russian invasion began.
Last week, Russia attacked more power plants and civilian buildings in one of the deadliest airstrikes since the war began.
Russia adopted this method after encountering difficulties on the battlefields and people began to feel the results of these raids as winter approached.
“Quite simply, winter will be a matter of survival,” said Dr. Klug at a press conference in Kyiv.
He added: “The Ukrainian healthcare system is facing its darkest days yet. The best solution is that the war stops.”
“The attacks have left hundreds of hospitals and sanatoriums non-functional due to lack of fuel, water and electricity to meet basic needs,” he said.
He explained that maternity wards need incubators, blood bags fridges, intensive care beds need ventilators and “everything needs energy”.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3 million people are displaced from their homes in search of warmth and safety.
dr Klug expressed “extreme concern” about the fate of Donetsk’s 17,000 AIDS patients who will soon run out of antiretroviral drugs to help them survive.
Most areas of Donetsk are in Russian hands and accordingly Dr. Klug “urgently” to open sanitary facilities in all newly won and still occupied areas.
The increase in corona infections is also a cause for concern.
Low vaccination rates have given millions of Ukrainians little or no immunity to Covid, said Dr. Smart.
The warnings come as snow falls in Ukraine and temperatures drop to freezing.
Snow in Kyiv covered sidewalks, empty playgrounds and benches in public parks. You will find few people on the street.
Despite the snowfall, winter is not yet here and temperatures are expected to drop further.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which supplied 25 percent of Ukraine’s electricity needs, is no longer producing energy.
The station was bombed again over the weekend.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Gossi, condemned the attack, calling it “another threat” to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
The IAEA experts inspected the station on Monday, and the agency said they had found widespread sabotage but there were no concerns about nuclear or security risks.
Russia and Ukraine exchanged accusations of attacking the station.
In another aspect of the war, Ukrainian prosecutors found what they called four torture chambers in Kherson in the south of the country after Russian forces evacuated the city.
He said people were subjected to “brutal torture” and found sticks, bullets and electric batons.
Ukraine said last week that it had found the bodies of 63 civilians in Kherson, showing signs of torture. The BBC also spoke to two people who said they spent more than a month in “torture rooms”.
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