European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said Saturday he “most strongly” condemns Russian attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
“This is a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law. Shelling of civilian infrastructure needs to stop now,” Lenarčič said on his verified Twitter account.
A residential block near Kyiv’s second airport was struck by a missile or rocket fire early Saturday.
Images and video from the scene showed a large impact some ten floors up.
Some background: On Friday, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov sought to reassure the world about civilian casualties on day two of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Nobody is going to attack the people of Ukraine,” he said during a heated press conference, telling CNN that there were “no strikes on civilian infrastructure.”
But evidence suggests civilian infrastructure is under attack: Reports about apartment buildings and kindergartens being shelled, civilians being killed, and rockets being found in residential streets have been trickling in since the beginning of the offensive.
Social media videos, photos and satellite images analyzed and geolocated by CNN confirm that on several occasions densely populated areas have been hit by Russian forces.