UN: Ukraine death toll doubles in two weeks

Geneva - The number of people killed in conflict-hit in eastern Ukraine has nearly doubled in two weeks to 2 086, including at least 20 children, the UN human rights agency said on Wednesday.

The toll, as of 10 August, compared with 1 129 deaths counted on 26 July and should be considered "very conservative", the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

On 18 June, the UN had said 356 people had died in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The death toll includes Ukrainian armed forces, civilians and armed groups, spokesperson Cecile Pouilly said in an email, stressing that especially "civilian casualties are likely to be under-reported".

This, she said, was due to disrupted communication channels and the high level of insecurity that is preventing people from getting access to medical aid and being counted.

"There has been a clear escalating trend recently," Pouilly said in an email.

She said more than 60 people had been killed each day on average since mid-April, but that between 30 July and 5 August, the average jumped to at least 70.

The number of injuries have also skyrocketed to nearly 5 000, including at least 30 children, up from the nearly 3 500 injured tallied on 26 July.

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Johan Kotze 2014-08-13 09:49:34 PM
None of the socialists and grovelling metrosexuals dare express conciliatory or condoning opinions for fear of failing their own artificially induced pseudo lifestyles sucked from the main stream scum media. This is a crime against humanity if ever there was one!!!!
Steve Redmond 2014-08-13 10:25:09 PM
Ukraine officials must be placed on trial for war crimes as they continue to wantonly shell and bomb their civilian population while the US and EU egg them on. This will come back to haunt the US and EU who have lost all moral force in this ethnic cleansing killing women and children, bombing schools and hospitals while denying they are doing anything but organizing picnics. There will be a day of reckoning. Meanwhile Ukraine economy is in free fall and we can hope their oligarchs go broke as the economy dies by degrees. Podoshenko can then sell candy on street corners. It's going to be a long, long cold winter in Ukraine without gas. The Maiden protestors got just what they asked for but now it is too late as the fascist elements settle in to the seat of power. They too shall pass.