Conflicts & War

More than 4,000 civilians killed in Ukraine war: UN

Geneva, May 31 (EFE).- More than 4,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on Feb.24, even though the toll was likely much higher, the UN rights office said.

Per the latest data from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused 4,074 civilian deaths, and more than 4,800 people have suffered wounds in more than three months of the war.

The deceased include 1,540 men, 1,014 women, 93 girls, 100 boys, 69 children, and 1,258 adults whose sex is still unknown, the UN agency said in its latest report on civilian war casualties.

The agency estimated that among the injured, there are 971 men, 653 women, 112 girls, and 137 boys, as well as 166 minors and 2,787 adults whose sex is yet unknown.

The data includes casualties caused by Russian attacks between 4 am on Feb.24 and midnight on May 29.

The agency indicates that there have been 5,037 casualties – 2,307 killed and 2,730 injured – in the east Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where fighting has intensified in recent days.

The number of deaths in the government-controlled part of Donbas has reached 2,171, and the number of injured is 2,161.

Meanwhile, in the areas controlled by Moscow-backed armed groups, 136 people have been killed and 569 injured.

“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes,” the UN agency said.

The agency believes that the figures could be considerably higher as information from the places with intense fighting has been delayed.

It includes the besieged city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region, Izium in the Kharkiv region, and Popasna in the Lugansk region, where there are reports of numerous civilian casualties. EFE


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