It is with horror and outrage that we received reports of a Russian attack perpetrated on September 7th that affected persons with disabilities in Ukraine. Government officials reported that a Russian missile targeted and severely damaged a psychiatric hospital in Kramatorsk.
The explosion left no victims, but the attack remains particularly shocking.
The international community must use all the tools available to stop this war. It must support the victims and ensure their safety and their wellbeing.
At the same time, we are shocked by reports of forced treatment in this institution. It is our long-standing position that governments abandon the practice of forced institutionalisation and forced and coercive treatment for persons with disabilities. We urge the Ukrainian government to do so.
We, again, strongly condemn this and all attacks against Ukraine, especially against civilians.
As before, we call for the war to end.
We call, again, for the violence to stop.
We call, again, for Ukraine to be given a chance at a peaceful and inclusive future.
Mental Health Europe
European Disability Forum