The World Health Organization warns of a “life-threatening” winter in Ukraine

On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that winter will threaten the lives of millions of Ukrainians, after a series of devastating Russian strikes on the country’s energy infrastructure.

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“This winter will put the lives of millions of people in Ukraine at risk,” Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, told reporters. “In simple words, this winter will be about survival.”

Kluge added that the damage to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure “is already having devastating effects on the health system and on the health of the population.”

According to him, the World Health Organization has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukrainian health facilities since the start of the Russian invasion in February, which he said constituted a “clear violation” of international humanitarian law.

He said this means that “hundreds of hospitals and health facilities are no longer operating at full capacity”. “We expect two to three million people to leave their homes in search of warmth and safety.”

“They will face significant health problems including respiratory infections such as COVID-19, pneumonia, influenza and the risk of diphtheria and measles in unvaccinated populations,” Mr. Kluge added.

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