UN says 4,481 civilians killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion started

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says that 4,481 civilians have been killed and 5,565 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 June 16, Ukrinform reports.

According to the update, those killed include 1,739 men, 1,159 women, 119 girls, and 125 boys, as well as 40 children and 1,299 adults whose sex is yet unknown.

Those injured include 1,133 men, 788 women, 125 girls, and 164 boys, as well as 173 children and 3,182 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.

Source: UN says 4,481 civilians killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion started

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