Russian Aggression against Ukraine: Grim Donbas Record: UN reports highest civilian death toll since last summer

11:16 Jul. 9, 2016

Grim Donbas Record: UN reports highest civilian death toll since last summer

Firefighters inspect a burned house after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 10, 2014 (AP Photo)

Increase in fighting results in highest number of civilian casualties in a month since August 2015

Escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine has resulted in the highest number of civilian casualties in a month since August 2015. This was reported by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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The report says at least 12 civilians died in Donbas last June, and 57 more were wounded.

The majority of the casualties - four fatalities and 37 injuries - were caused by shelling from various artillery systems, including calibres prohibited by the Minsk Agreement.

Moreover, 19 casualties - five killed and 14 injured - were caused by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices, the UN report says.

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The casualties' statistics goes on to say that, six more civilians were injured by small arms, including sniper fire across the ‘contact line'. Two boys were killed by electrocution from a power line downed by shelling.

On July 4 the OSCE monitors reported that three children died in grenade blast in militant-occupied Yenakiieve.

According to the UN data, since the beginning of the conflict in spring 2014, 21,880 people were wounded and 9,470 killed with up to 2,000 of the fatalities were civilians.

Human rights activists say the actual number of casualties is much higher than the official numbers.

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