As the first anniversary of the outbreak of war approached in Ukraine, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday that more than eight thousand civilians have been killed since Russian forces entered in Ukraine on February 24 last year.
The commission’s report said the new toll is an adjustment to the previous one, at 7,199 dead since the war began on Feb. 24. The report added that around 90% of the victims died from explosive weapons.
“The count is much higher.”
While the United Nations Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine, which has dozens of observers in the country, said it expected the actual toll to be “significantly higher” than the official tally as the vetting process is still ongoing. in course.
This achievement comes 3 days after the first anniversary of the start of the military operation that Moscow launched on the territory of its western neighbor on February 24 (2022).
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