The United Nations in Ukraine condemns the appalling attack on a civil activist Kateryna Handziuk. The woman was violently attacked with acid on 31 July.

Kateryna sustained severe acid burns over 30% of her body and is currently being treated in an intensive care unit. The United Nations in Ukraine is also closely following up other recent attacks on civil activists in Ukraine. All cases have been or will be documented and analyzed by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. We call on the government and law-enforcement agencies to conduct a transparent, comprehensive and effective investigation into the attack on Kateryna, and into all such cases. We reiterate that a vibrant civil society with guaranteed fundamental right to freedom of speech and security is necessary for transparent and accountable governance.