Salwa Aksoy, a member of the political committee in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), has drawn a striking comparison between the Russian aggression witnessed in both Syria and Ukraine. She highlighted the shared thread of heinous crimes and military brutality, underscoring the indiscriminate impact on people of all ages, including the vulnerable groups of children and women.
Aksoy asserted that the failure to confront the ruthless Russian aggression and the lack of accountability for the atrocities committed against the Syrian and Ukrainian populations serves as a dire warning. She warned that the Russian killing machine threatens to inflict further casualties and suffering, with the youngest lives being the most vulnerable.
Aksoy pointed out that permitting Russia and its allies to evade responsibility for the grievous war crimes committed in both Syria and Ukraine is not only a tacit approval for more malevolence but also a dangerous precedent. She warned that such leniency could embolden other regimes to adopt similar tactics, perpetuating instability and insecurity around the globe.
In the period spanning from 2011 to June 2023, the Syrian Network for Human Rights has documented a toll of 2,048 children falling victim to the Russian aggression in Syria. Similarly, in Ukraine, the Russian aggression has led to the high toll of 499 children losing their lives, and over 1,090 others sustaining injuries, as reported by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine on Sunday.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)