21:16 23.03.2022

War in Ukraine kills at least 977 civilians, 1,594 wounded – UN

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War in Ukraine kills at least 977 civilians, 1,594 wounded – UN

Losses among civilians from February 24, 2022, when Russia started the war against Ukraine, to 24.00 on March 22, 2022 amounted to 2,571 civilians (2,510 in the report a day earlier), including 977 killed (953), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

"OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration," it said. in the document.

According to it, this applies, for example, to Mariupol and Volnovakha (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne (Luhansk region), and Trostianets (Sumy region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties. These figures are being further corroborated and are not included in the above statistics.

"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 said.

According to confirmed UN data, some 196 men, some 144 women, some 27 boys and 12 girls died, while the gender of 42 children and 556 adults has not yet been determined.

Among the 1,594 injured, 24 are girls and 20 boys, as well as 64 children, whose gender has not yet been determined.

Compared to the previous day, according to the UN, three children were killed and the same number were wounded.

OHCHR says that in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as of midnight on March 23, there were 224 (216) killed and 621 (611) wounded in government-controlled territory, and 55 (55) killed and 202 (196) wounded in territory controlled by self-proclaimed "republics."

In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, and Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 1,469 casualties (698 killed and 771 injured).

According to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, as of 08:00 on March 23, some 121 (117) children were killed and 167 (155) wounded.

In addition, OHCHR notes the report of the National Police of Kharkiv region, according to which, as of 18:00 on March 21, some 286 (280) civilians, including 15 (15) children, were killed in the region.

An increase in figures in this update compared with the previous update should not be attributed to civilian casualties that occurred on 22 March only, as during the day OHCHR also corroborated casualties that occurred on previous days, the UN said in the document.