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Over 6 million people displaced in Ukraine due to Russian invasion, nearly 8,000 victims


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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that a total of 7,964 civilian casualties had been recorded since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

This tally includes 3,778 killed and 4,186 wounded.

MORE THAN 3,700 CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN UKRAINE SINCE RUSSIAN INVASION STARTED: UN

In Donetsk and Lunhansk regions alone, 2,070 people were killed and 2,256 injured.

The office noted that most civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including heavy artillery shelling and multiple launch rocket, missile and rocket systems. air strikes.

He also said he believed the actual numbers were significantly higher, due to delayed and pending information and reports.

Russians walk along the road to the besieged Azovstal steelworks during an evacuation in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday, May 18 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

So far, 6,312,255 refugees have fled Ukraine since the onslaught began on February 24.

This total represents about 14% of the country’s pre-war population of 44 million.

The majority of refugees displaced by war are women and children, marking the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

A Russian soldier, Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin pleaded guilty to war crimes charges on Wednesday.

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Also on Wednesday, Russia said its military had destroyed several artillery pieces the United States had delivered to Ukraine, although claims by Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov , could not be independently verified.

Konashenkov also said nearly 1,000 troops left Mariupol’s last stronghold this week.

Mariupol’s defenders clung to the steelworks for months; its complete capture would give Russia an unbroken land bridge to the Crimean peninsula.

Mariupol was a Russian target from the start.

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Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman said the Russian military is detaining more than 3,000 civilians from Mariupol in another former penal colony in the Donetsk region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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