An increasing number of people are dying as a result of the military conflict in Ukraine, according to a report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released on Friday.
Whereas at the beginning of the conflict the average daily death toll was eleven people, recently, the figure has been 36 and increased even further in the last ten days, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told a press conference in Kiev on Friday.
According to the UN, at least 2,593 people have been killed as a result of the hostilities in eastern Ukraine between mid-April and August 27, 2014.
Simonovic stressed that the situation in eastern Ukraine cannot be resolved only militarily, and that each side increases their force through mobilization, which will only lead to more casualties.
The report, which covers the period from July 16 through August 17, expresses deep concern over the deaths and injuries among the female population of eastern Ukraine, who live in populated areas within the conflict zone or tried to flee hostilities through the designated corridors, Simonovic said.
In particular, the report says that the so-called safe corridors for evacuation of civilians pass through the combat-operations zones, as a result of which the civilians using such corridors get killed or injured, the UN official said.
Also, although more than half of local population fled Donetsk and Lugansk, measures to remove the most vulnerable people from hostilities zones were insufficient and belated; evacuation of children to other Ukrainian regions was blocked by paramilitary groups.
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