UN: Number Of Dead In Ukraine Conflict Far Above 3,500

Geneva (Alliance News) - The fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists has ...

Alliance News 23 September, 2014 | 6:14PM
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Geneva (Alliance News) - The fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists has left at least 3,543 people dead, a senior UN human rights official said Tuesday.

"Let me add that this number covers killings registered by available resources and that the actual number is likely to be significantly higher," said Ivan Simonovic, the UN assistant secretary general for human rights.

The death toll has risen by 950 since the last UN update was made August 29.

The latest figure includes the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was downed July 17 over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Since a September 5 ceasefire, nearly 10 people have still been killed every day on average, Simonovic told the UN Human Rights Council.

However, that number was markedly lower than the 42 deaths per day seen in days leading up to the ceasefire, he said.

Simonovic noted that 500 to 800 people are still being held by separatists.

Rebel groups have been killing and torturing and they have abducted people for ransom or to subject them to forced labour, he said.

The conflict broke out in April after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in March.

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