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UN says close to 8,000 killed in east Ukraine

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:04

The U.N. Human Rights Office significantly revises up its estimate for casualties from the conflict in Ukraine, saying that at least 7,962 people had been killed since April 2014, when separatists in the east rebelled against a new pro-Western government in Kiev. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Nearly 8,000 have been killed and 18,000 wounded in violence in eastern Ukraine since mid-April 2014. The figures are grim, and in its report, the U.N. Human Rights Office says civilians are increasingly among the casualties. The shelling of residential areas on both sides has led to 105 civilian deaths and 380 injured in a three month period. The UN's Gianni Magazzeni says the situation remains dire. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF THE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE'S AMERICAS, EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA BRANCH, GIANNI MAGAZZENI, SAYING: "What happens on the ground is that you may within your own apartment be faced with people coming in, taking out your son, your daughter, your wife or yourself and ending up in detention for several months if not tortured or executed. So this is a very dramatic situation." And there's no end in sight. Tensions remain high despite several days of relative calm on the front-lines since a new truce was put in place on Sept. 1.

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UN says close to 8,000 killed in east Ukraine

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:04