21,793 civilians became victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine, UN reports
A civilian resident of Bakhmut against the background of houses destroyed by Russian shelling, March 3 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, at least 21,793 civilians became victims in the war, 8,173 of whom were killed and 13,620 – injured, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported on March 6.
In February alone, 138 civilians were killed and 451 people were injured. Explosive devices and shrapnel are the most common causes of civilian casualties, the report said.
The agency stressed that the figures only include verified casualties, while the actual number of victims in the war is much higher, as the flow of information from some places is delayed due to ongoing fighting. This applies, in particular, to cities like Mariupol, Lysychansk, Popasna, and Severodonetsk.
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