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Ukraine death toll doubles in two weeks to 2,086: UN

Published on Aug 13, 2014 10:44 PM
Local residents protect windows with metal shields and plastic in Donetsk August 9, 2014. More than 1,100 people have been killed in the fighting in Ukraine since mid-April, according to the United Nations, in a civil conflict that has dragged ties between Russia and the West to their lowest since the Cold War. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - The number of people killed in conflict-hit eastern Ukraine has nearly doubled in two weeks to 2,086, including at least 20 children, the UN human rights agency said Wednesday.

The toll, as of August 10, compared with 1,129 deaths counted on July 26 and should be considered "very conservative", the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

On June 18, the UN had said 356 people had died in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The death toll includes Ukrainian armed forces, civilians and armed groups, spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly said in an email, stressing that especially "civilian casualties are likely to be under-reported".

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