The Human Rights Office of the UN amounted to, at least, 10,000 the Ukrainian civilians killed following the war that Russia launched in February 2022 on its territory. Half of them, they said, died far from the front lines, which accounts for the war crimes perpetrated by Moscow, with its offensives that aim to reach the innocent population.
The figure derived from the first tasks that the United Nations mission carried out on the ground, corresponding to the events of the first months of the invasion, which include the bloody battle for control of Mariupol, which left a high number of victims.
“Ten thousand civilian deaths is a grim milestone for Ukraine. The Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine, now entering its 21st month, risks becoming a protracted conflict, the grave human cost of which is painful to imagine,” said Danielle Bell, head of the task force.
The findings showed that most of the deaths occurred far from the battle front, as a result of the use of high-impact explosive weapons – such as projectiles, missiles and cluster munitions – that Russia denies that it is using against the population and that, being this its target, constitutes a war crime.
Even, according to the UN, older people represent a large part of these deaths since it is difficult for them to move to safe areas when the attacks begin. Promptly, More than a third of the victims were over 60 years old..
Mission observers indicated that, in any case, the real number of deaths is expected to be “significantly higher” than this official count since the tasks are ongoing and the war is not yet over.
Meanwhile, the casualties in the Ukrainian ranks From February 2022 it would be around 30,000according to a local civic group although The New York Times released a report citing US officials who claimed that there were about 70,000 dead and between 100,000 and 120,000 injured.
Along with this, days ago, Ukraine released a new balance of casualties on the enemy side and, according to this latest update, “Russia’s total combat losses between February 24, 2022 and October 31, 2023 are, approximately , 300,810 people”. This figure, although it was not confirmed by the Kremlin due to mere war strategy and pre-election propaganda, is supported by a request from the authorities to state agencies for the issuance of death certificates for at least 230,000 fallen.
Many of these deaths occurred in recent months in the battles that Moscow has led in Donetsk, with the desire to take control of the town of Avdiivka before winter.
“If we talk about casualties in such a short period, in a relatively small selection of the front, then Avdiivka is already the largest defeat of the Russian Army,” explained the spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Forces, Oleksandr Shtupun.
(With information from Reuters)