18:20 12.09.2017

Some 26 civilians killed, 135 injured in Donbas from mid-May to mid-Aug

The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has noted a decrease in the number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Donbas and called on the parties to respect the truce and the Minsk accords.

"From May 16 to August 15, 2017 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 161 conflict-related civilian casualties (26 deaths and 135 injuries), slightly more than half of which were caused by shelling. The monthly totals of civilian casualties decreased from May to June and again from June to July, possibly attributable in part to the "harvest ceasefire" which commenced on June 24. Nevertheless, the daily reality of sudden spikes and drops in armed hostilities, including shelling, continued to pose physical risks and psychological trauma," Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, said at a briefing in Kyiv, presenting the 19th UN report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine.

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