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423 killed in eastern Ukraine clashes since April: UN

Published on Jun 25, 2014 2:02 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Clashes between pro-Russian separatists and army forces in eastern Ukraine killed an estimated 423 soldiers and civilians between April 15 and June 20, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

Ivan Simonovic, the UN's assistant secretary for human rights, also said the number of internally displaced people had doubled over the past two weeks with the movement of some 15,200 within the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Simonovic said the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, had interviewed more than 46,100 internally displaced people (IDPs) as of Monday, including 11,500 from Crimea and nearly 34,600 from the east of the Ukraine.

However, he warned, "in the absence of a formal registration system, and given the limited access to some areas by humanitarian partners, the number of IDPs is likely to be higher." Simonovic is the author of a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine published last week.

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