UN says Ukraine death toll exceeds 6,100
Iran Press TV
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:4PM
The United Nations says the estimated death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surpassed 6,100, warning against the worsening human rights situation in the region.
The UN human rights office in Geneva said on Friday that at least 6,116 people have been killed and 15,474 wounded since the tumult was triggered last April.
It said the actual number of casualties could be significantly higher and expressed increasing concern that the repeated violation of a shaky ceasefire aimed at ending the conflict would further worsen the human rights situation in the volatile region.
The UN office reported that nearly 400 civilians have been killed since the beginning of 2015 either in indiscriminate bombardment of residential areas or by landmines and unexploded ordnance in areas held by pro-Russia forces as well as those under the control of the government in Kiev.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on March 2 that more than 6,000 people have lost their lives in the fighting in Ukraine and warned that the country stands on the brink of a "new and very deadly chapter" in its conflict.
Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russians and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Moscow forces in mid-April last year.
The warring sides inked the ceasefire agreement in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in February. Since then, both sides have, on numerous occasions, accused each other of breaking the truce.
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