Ukraine conflict death toll hits 4,700
20 Dec HSN News
The death toll from fighting in eastern Ukraine has risen to at least
4,700 since mid-April with more than a quarter of fatalities coming
after a September ceasefire agreement, the UN says.
At least 1,357 fatalities have been recorded since the ceasefire
began in early September, UN rights investigators said in a report on
Monday, adding that some of those deaths may have occurred before then.
Another 10,322 people have been injured as a result of the conflict
in eastern Ukraine, the report added.
In its last report on December 13, the UN rights office put the
number of fatalities at 4,600. Moreover, it said more than 1.1 million
people have been displaced over the past eight months.
According to the statement, as many as 488,466 people have fled to
Russia, while some 5.2 million people live in war-torn areas.The figures
come as the United Nations on Monday accused the Ukrainian government of
failing to protect citizens in eastern regions from growing economic
misery. The lives of some five million people in areas controlled by
pro-Russians have deteriorated as a result of a government-enforced
embargo as well as ongoing violence, damaged infrastructure.