Latest UN report put Ukrainian civilian casualties at 7,326

14 May, 04:10 PM
The real numbers are much higher - the UN (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

The real numbers are much higher - the UN (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Two and a half months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have left at least 3,541 civilians killed and 3,785 injured, according to a report published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on May 12.

The report covers the period from Feb. 24 to May 11.

3,846 casualties (1,897 killed and 1,949 injured) have been recorded in Donbas alone. This figure does not include Mariupol, where an estimated 25,000 civilians have been killed.

According to the report, most of the civilian casualties “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.”

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At the same time, actual casualty figures are “considerably higher,” since accurate numbers remain unavailable for some areas, where most intense fighting is still ongoing. OHCHR specifically mentions Mariupol, Izyum, and Popasna in this regard, saying that there are “allegations of numerous civilian casualties” in these cities.

On May 11, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said that constructive peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are unlikely to take place in near future.

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