UN says at least 4,707 killed in war zone in eastern Ukraine since mid-April

At least 4,707 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the middle of April, the United Nations said.

At least 4,707 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the middle of April, the United Nations said.

According to the latest estimates of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization, at least 4,707 people were killed and 10,322 were wounded in the conflict-ridden areas of eastern Ukraine from the middle of April through December 12, says the eighth report of the UN human rights monitoring mission posted on Monday.

At least 1,357 people have been killed since the declaration of the truce (the period from September 6 to December 12) although some of them might have been killed before the truce was declared, it said.

For his part, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, said that as of last Friday, December 12, the official number of people displaced from the military-operation zone in eastern Ukraine topped 542,000 and another 568,000 are seeking asylum in other countries.

At this point, as of December 12, there are approximately 542,080 temporarily displaced persons and yet another 567,956 people are seeking asylum in other countries, including 240,095 people in Russia, Simonovic said.

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