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Bridge destroyed by the Russian invasion in Irpin, Kyiv region, Ukraine, August 2022.


The World Council of Churches denounces all such attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure which have become a hallmark of Russias illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine,” said Pillay. Russia is providing a terrible example in its regular violation of some of the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, an example being followed in a tragically increasing number of contexts, including in Gaza and Sudan.”

Pillay also expressed the hope that there will be accountability for all such violations, and justice for the victims of these crimes.

We pray for the strength and resilience of the people of Ukraine in the face of Russias aggression, and urge the Russian leadership to turn back from this mutually destructive course,” he said. We call for an immediate ceasefire and dialogue to end this invasion and for a peaceful future in Ukraine and Russia.”

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