Mar 8, 2022 - World

NATO chief: Russian forces may be targeting evacuating civilians in Ukraine

Picture of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russia's armed forces may be targeting civilians in Ukraine.

What he's saying: "There are very credible reports of civilians coming under fire as they try to evacuate. Targeting civilians is a war crime, and it is totally unacceptable," Stoltenberg said.

  • "We need real humanitarian corridors that are fully respected."

By the numbers: The United Nations on Sunday said there have been at least 1,100 civilian casualties since the start of Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Between the lines: Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO should not be involved in the conflict with Ukraine, adding that there would be more "human suffering and more civilians killed."

  • Last month, Stoltenberg announced that NATO is deploying its Response Force for the first time to countries in Eastern Europe in case the conflict expands beyond Ukraine.

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