UN says 3,238 civilians killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion started

UN says 3,238 civilians killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion started

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says that 3,238 civilians have been killed and 3,397 injured in Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion started on February 24.

That's according to a civilian casualty update published by OHCHR on May 4, Ukrinform reports.

According to the update, those killed include 1,162 men, 738 women, 71 girls, and 84 boys, as well as 72 children and 1,111 adults whose sex is yet unknown.

Those injured include 424 men, 337 women, 71 girls, and 82 boys, as well as 169 children and 2,314 adults whose sex is yet unknown.

Most of the civilian casualties recorded 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.

OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration.

This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), and Popasna (Luhansk region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties.

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched an unprovoked war against Ukraine. The invaders have been shelling and bombing cities, towns and villages in Ukraine, torturing and killing civilians.

The U.S., EU and other countries have imposed sanctions on the aggressor country.

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