OHCHR records significant decrease in civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine

OHCHR records significant decrease in civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine

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Over the past three months, OHCHR recorded two civilian deaths (both men) and 17 civilian injuries as a result of the conflict in Donbas.

Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner stated this while presenting a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine between 16 November 2019 and 15 February 2020, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"From 16 November 2019 to 15 February 2020, OHCHR recorded two civilian deaths (both men) and 17 civilian injuries (13 men, three women, and one boy), a 54.8 per cent decrease compared with the previous reporting period (six killed and 36 injured)," she said.

According to Bogner, the total civilian casualties recorded in 2019 (27 killed and 140 injured) were 40.6 per cent lower than in 2018 (55 killed and 226 injured), and were the lowest annual civilian casualty figures for the entire conflict period.

During the entire conflict period, from 14 April 2014 to 15 February 2020, OHCHR recorded in total 3,052 conflict-related civilian deaths (1,812 men, 1,056 women, 98 boys, 49 girls and 37 adults whose sex is unknown). Taking into account the 298 who perished on board of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014, the total death toll of the conflict on civilians has reached at least 3,350. The number of injured civilians so far is estimated to exceed 7,000.

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