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More than 1,543 killed in Ukraine fighting in nearly 4 months: UN

English.news.cn   2014-08-09 03:21:47

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two UN agencies reported to the UN Security Council on Friday that more than 1,543 people have been killed and another 4,396 wounded in Ukraine since fighting flared up in mid-April.

Assistant Secretary-General Ivan Simonovic delivered his latest Ukraine report to the 15 council members in a formal meeting, citing figures provided by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and the UN's World Health Organization.

The totals included "civilians, the military and members of the armed groups," or militant separatists, he said.

He stressed "the need to find a peaceful solution to the current situation."

"At least 50 people are being killed or wounded every day. The price being paid by all Ukrainians as a result of the conflict is too high. Ukrainians and Russian Ukrainians in the east are losing their lives, but the whole country is paying the price of conflict as a result of the deterioration of social services," he said.

The UN High commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 15,200 people left Crimea since the March referendum there to join Russia, he said. "While tens of thousands of people continue to flee the fighting in the east (of Ukraine), bringing the total number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine to more than 117,900, according to UNHCR as of Aug. 5."

Earlier this week, the United Nations called for a unified reporting system of internally displaced persons in Ukraine and another 100,000 plus refugees were reported in Russia.

Editor: yan
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