At least 14,059 civilian war casualties in Ukraine, UN says, real number likely higher

10 September, 12:15 PM
Russia fires missiles at civilian objects, civilians are killed (Photo:State Emergency Service/Telegram)

Russia fires missiles at civilian objects, civilians are killed (Photo:State Emergency Service/Telegram)

The UN has verified 14,059 civilian victims of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, including 5,767 killed and 8,292 wounded, the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, said in a press release on Sept. 9.

“As we have repeatedly said, we know that actual numbers are likely considerably higher,” Bogner warned.

According to the report, at least 416 people “have been victims of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances” in Russia-controlled areas. Of those, 16 were found dead, and 166 were released.

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Bogner also said that Ukraine has granted the UN “unimpeded access” to POW internment and detention facilities, while Russia refuses to do the same.

“This is all the more worrying since we have documented that prisoners of war in the power of the Russian Federation and held by the Russian Federation’s armed forces or by affiliated armed groups have suffered torture and ill-treatment, and in some places of detention lack adequate food, water, healthcare and sanitation,” she added.

Unofficial estimates of the casualties of the full-scale Russian invasion have placed at least 80,000 victims in the city of Mariupol alone.

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