Over 330 killed in Ukraine since September’s truce:UN

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According to the report, at least 3,660 people have been killed and 8,756 others injured in the period between mid-April and October 6.

SHAFAQNA- The United Nations says more than 300 deaths have been reported in Ukraine’s volatile eastern regions since a ceasefire began a month ago.

In a report, released on Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Office said clashes between government troops and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine have left at least 331 people dead after ceasefire took effect in September.

Kiev and the pro-Russians inked a Russian-proposed truce pact on September 5 in a move to put an end to heavy clashes in Ukraine’s eastern provinces but the fighting continues unabated. According to reports, mortar shelling has killed more than a dozen since the weekend.

Elsewhere, Wednesday’s report raised concerns over the “ill-treatment” of detainees by both sides of the conflict.

Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein said in a statement that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine needed to be halted so eastern Ukraine residents could reclaim their fundamental rights to education, housing and healthcare.

“While the ceasefire is a very welcome step towards ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine, I call on all parties to genuinely respect and uphold it, and to halt the attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure once and for all,” he added.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence pro-Russians in mid-April.

Violence intensified in May after Donetsk and Lugansk regions held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.

 

Source: Press TV

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