Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

The World Health Organization’s head for Europe said he was “saddened and actually outraged” by the damage Russian forces have inflicted on health facilities in Ukraine.

dr. Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, made the comments Thursday during a visit to hospitals in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, including a psychiatric hospital and a rehabilitation center.

“To date, the WHO has objectively reported more than 700 attacks on health care. This is a very clear violation of international law. Health should never be a target,” Kluge said.

“Winter will be a threat to millions and millions of Ukrainians. I have seen it. In fact, now the temperature is hovering around zero degrees Celsius, but soon it will drop to -20.

“Currently, there is a power outage in the entire city and the entire region. How can a hospital function without electricity? How can maternity hospitals function without incubators, vaccine warehouses, without refrigerators?” he added.

During the visit, the WHO team also donated a car and a generator to help medical staff facing power outages during the ongoing Russian bombardment.

Ukraine struggled to repair damaged electricity and water supplies on Thursday after Russia fired dozens of cruise missiles at the power grid and temperatures plummeted.

Ukraine’s energy system is on the verge of collapse and millions have been subject to emergency power cuts for weeks due to systematic Russian bombing of the grid.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said more than two-thirds of the capital remained cut off Thursday despite utility workers in the capital restoring water supplies overnight.

“Seventy percent of the capital remains without electricity,” said Klitschko. Energy companies are making every effort to restore it as soon as possible. he added.

About 50 percent of the central Dnipropetrovsk region has electricity, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

“The situation with energy supply is complicated. Therefore, suspensions will continue in the region in order to reduce the pressure on the network as much as possible,” warned Reznichenko.

Repairs are underway elsewhere, including in the Rivne, Cherkasy, Kirovograd and Zhytomyr regions, officials said.