12:24 12.12.2017

From mid-Aug to mid-Nov 15 civilians killed, 72 more wounded in Donbas - UN mission

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From mid-Aug to mid-Nov 15 civilians killed, 72 more wounded in Donbas - UN mission

The UN monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine notes a decrease in the number of civilian casualties in Donbas, but notes that 2,500 civilians were killed during the whole period of the conflict.

"OHCHR recorded 87 conflict-related civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine (15 deaths and 72 injuries) between 16 August and 15 November 2017," the 20th report on the human rights situation in Ukraine by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented in Kyiv on Tuesday, reads.

The report notes that the number of victims decreased by 48% compared to the previous reporting period (May 16 - August 15, 2017).

Among the main causes of civilian casualties are mines, unexploded ordnance, booby traps and improvised explosive devices, which accounted for 59.8% of the total number of deaths and injuries.

At the same time, at least 2,523 civilians were killed for the entire conflict period (April 14, 2014 to November 15, 2017), of which there are 1,399 men, 837 women, 91 boys, 47 girls, and 149 unidentified people.

In addition, 298 civilians, including 80 children, were killed in the crash of the MH17 flight, July 17, 2014.

In total 7,000-9,000 civilians were injured because of the conflict in the region.

"OHCHR further recommends bring to an end the conflict by adhering to the ceasefire and implementing other obligations undertaken in the Minsk agreements, in particular regarding withdrawal of prohibited weapons and disengagement of forces and hardware," the report reads.

The mission recalls that during the previous reporting period, it was possible to reduce the number of victims, thanks to the "bread truce."

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