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War in Ukraine kills at least 8,401 civilians, 14,023 wounded – UN

KYIV. March 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Losses among civilians from February 24, 2022, after the start of the war against Ukraine by Russia, to March 26, 2023 amounted to 22,424 civilians (as of March 19 some 22,209), including 8,401 killed (8,317), the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Organization (OHCHR) has said.

“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,” the UN said.

This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Lysychansk, Popasna, and Sievierodonetsk (Luhansk region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties.

According to confirmed UN data, 3,764 men, 2,240 women, 263 boys and 205 girls killed, while the gender of 31 children and 1,898 adults has not yet been determined.

Among the 14,023 wounded were 418 boys and 295 girls, as well as 274 children whose gender has not yet been determined.

Compared to March 19, three children killed and five more were wounded.

If earlier the OHCHR report on the number of casualties was published daily, and then only on weekdays, since July it has become a weekly one. In this summary, as in the previous one, the data are given by months.

According to them, the death toll in 26 days of March, some 159, has already exceeded the February number of victims of 141, which became the lowest since the beginning of the war after 198 in January, some 206 in December and 185 in November.

March remains the deadliest month for civilians, with a minimum of 4,044 deaths, according to the UN. In April, according to an OHCHR publication, the number of civilian deaths due to the war fell to 764; in May, to 521; for August some 332, for September some 387 and for October some 305.

The number of wounded for incomplete March some 485 also exceeded the figure for February some 458, which remained the lowest since the beginning of the war. In January there were 539, in December some 617, in November some 541. In October, the number of wounded fell to 795 from 976 in September, when it was higher than in August some 917. Before that, the number of wounded exceeded a thousand every month: July some 1,126, June some 1,104, May some 1,136, April some 1,888, March some 2,972. During the first five days of the war in February last year, 465 people were wounded.

According to the report, since the beginning of March of this year, some 137 people have been killed and 417 injured by explosive weapons with a wide area of effect, while 22 people have died and 68 people have been injured from mines and explosive remnants of war (14% of the total casualties).

Government-controlled territories accounted for 86% of the victims in March, according to the UN.

The summary has traditionally stated that the increase in figures from the previous summary should not be attributed only to cases after March 19, since during this period the Office verified a number of cases from previous days.