The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission has confirmed the deaths of 10,000 civilians since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the UN press service reports. Among the dead are 560 children.
According to their data, more than 560 children were killed and more than18,500 civilians were injured as a result of Russian aggression.
"10,000 civilian deaths is a grim milestone for Ukraine," said the head of the monitoring mission, Danielle Bell.
"The war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is now in its 21st month and threatens to turn into a protracted conflict that will result in a loss of human life on an unimaginable scale."
The UN emphasized that the figure of 10,000 shows the number of civilian deaths verified by applying its own methodology. The actual figure could be much higher. In particular, Ukrainian officials fears that at least 25,000 civilians were killed during Russia’s siege of the Azov Sea coast city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast.
In the last three months, from August to October, the vast majority of confirmed civilian deaths and injuries – 86% of the total – occurred in government-controlled territory, the report said. Most cases were caused by the use of weapons with a wide area of impact, such as artillery shells, cluster munitions, missiles, and loitering munitions.
Data on civilian casualties in Ukraine disproportionately reflects losses among the elderly, who are often unable to move to safe places, the UN added.
"Nearly half of civilian casualties in the last three months have occurred far away from the frontlines. As a result, no place in Ukraine is completely safe," Bell concluded.
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