“Civilians should not be targeted,” urges new UN human rights chief

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, who began his mandate on Monday, expressed concern about the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and asked not to target civilians.

"We received reports from our colleagues on the ground about these drone strikes"Turk said. "It is absolutely important that civilian infrastructure — that civilians — are not targeted and it is very difficult in densely populated areas".

"Any escalation in a war is very worrying for us, and it is happening in Ukraine"added the Austrian diplomat, who succeeds former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet at the helm of the UN Human Rights office.

On Monday kyiv was hit by a series of attacks carried out by "suicide drones"as defined by the office of the Ukrainian presidency.

Those attacks came exactly one week after Russia launched a massive campaign of missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital and other cities in the country.

Türk, who has spent much of his career at the UN, insisted that respect for international law is "absolutely essential".

"Our call is for de-escalation and to find ways to respect international law," said.

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