Connect with us


British minister: Despicable bombing of Ukraine hospital is war crime



Spread The News

British minister: Despicable bombing of Ukraine hospital is war crime.


The despicable bombing of a maternity hospital in Ukraine is a war crime committed by Russian troops, Britain’s armed forces minister has said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strike in Mariupol was part of a “genocide” on his people.

Three people, including a child, were killed in the attack, according to the besieged city’s council.

Defence Minister James Heappey told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme that British intelligence believes the strike came from artillery rather than the air, but that Britain is “still looking at exactly (what happened).”

The army veteran said that, even if Russian troops did not deliberately target the medical complex, the attack which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described as “depraved” still amounts to a war crime.

Heappey told “BBC Breakfast’’: “We ask ourselves the question how did this happen? Was it an indiscriminate use of artillery or missiles into a built-up area, or was a hospital explicitly targeted?

“Both are equally despicable, both, as the Ukrainians have pointed out, would amount to a war crime.”

Pressed on whether he thinks the attack constitutes a war crime, he replied.

“Yes, if you deliberately target a piece of civilian infrastructure like a hospital, yes.

“If you use indiscriminate artillery into an urban area without due regard for the reality, you could hit a protected site like a hospital, then that too, in my view, is.”


During a call with Zelensky on Wednesday evening, Downing Street said the prime minister pointed out that the Mariupol bombing “was yet further evidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “acting with careless disregard for international humanitarian law.”

As the fighting entered the 15th day in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Russia had confirmed the use of thermobaric rockets often called vacuum bombs on its neighbour.

“Thermobaric weapons, which suck in oxygen to generate a powerful explosion, were not illegal but their use is strictly regulated,” MoD said.

There are also fears among the West that Moscow could deploy chemical weapons as it looks to ground down Ukrainian resistance.

White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the world should be “on the lookout” for the Russian use of chemical and biological weaponry.

She said “Russia’s false claims” about alleged U.S. biological weapons labs and chemical weapons development in Ukraine could be an “an obvious ploy” by the Kremlin to try to “justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”

Heappey warned Putin that the use of chemical weapons had “triggered an international response” in the past.

He said their deployment was the “most despicable thing that anybody can imagine” and that the scenes being witnessed in Mariupol would be “nothing by comparison to the suffering and devastation that chemical weapons cause.’’

His comments come with talks set to take place between Moscow and Kyiv foreign ministers in Turkey in what would be the highest-level discussions since the assault started last month.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.