18:47 03.03.2016

Over 3 mln people live in conflict zone in Ukraine's east – UN report

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Over 3 mln people live in conflict zone in Ukraine's east – UN report

Around three million people reside in the conflict zone in the east of Ukraine, the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights said in the report on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

"More than three million overall are struggling to eke out a living in the conflict zone," the document presented in Kyiv on Thursday said.

It also said that 2.7 million of the mentioned number live in the areas controlled by militants, while 200,000 people reside in the proximity to the contact line.

The report also said that Ukrainian government registered 1.6 million internally displaced persons, who fled their homes as a result of the conflict. From 800,000 to 1 million of them lived on Kyiv-controlled territory, the report said.

According to Ukraine's State Migration Service, every day from 8,000 to 15,000 people cross the contact line between Ukraine and the Donetsk People's Republic via six check points (three on each of the conflicting sides).

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