Addressing the OSCE Ambassador Holland stated that “over the past month, civilians have endured almost daily attacks, including 20 night-time air strikes. 1,120 air raid sirens have been recorded across the country in May alone. Thankfully, Ukrainian Air Defence continues to intercept most of Russia’s attacks. However, this does not alter the reality for Ukrainian families, who are forced to take nightly shelter in bunkers, and go to bed not knowing whether they will even wake up the next day.
“Since last February, Russia has unleashed a ruthless bombardment of missile attacks which have damaged and destroyed schools, hospitals and residential buildings. The United Nations Children’s Fund reports that Russia’s unrelenting brutality has claimed the lives of over 500 children. Just last week, Russia’s attack on a clinic in Dnipro killed four people and injured 32. This included two children under seven years old.”
Prior to taking up his current position, Ambassador Holland was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe