The weekend Russian attack on a residential building in the Ukrainian town of dniprowhich left at least 36 dead, constitutes a “war crime,” Sweden, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said on Monday.
“The Swedish government condemns in the strongest terms the continued systematic attacks against civilians (…) including Saturday’s missile attack on an apartment block in DniproPrime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters, calling the act “horrendous.”
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It “intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes. Those found responsible will be held accountable.”he added at a joint press conference with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Russia He denied responsibility for the attack and raised an unsubstantiated theory circulating on social media that the tragedy was caused by the Ukrainian air defense system.
“The Russian armed forces do not bombard residential buildings or civilian infrastructure. They bomb military targets.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told the press.
The authority of the Dnipropetrovsk region reported Monday that the whereabouts of 35 residents of the building are unknown and that rescue operations continue about 40 hours after the shelling.
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