Nearly 8,000 killed since start of Ukraine conflict: UN

Civilians clash with police in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Aug 31, 2015.
Civilians clash with police in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Aug 31, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

GENEVA (AFP) - Nearly 8,000 people - including civilians, soldiers and militia members - have been killed since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday (Sept 8).

"Since the conflict began in eastern Ukraine in mid-April 2014, a total of at least 7,962 people... have been killed," and at least 17,811 have been injured, the office said in its latest report.

Covering the period from May 16 to Aug 15, the report noted a particular rise in the number of civilians killed or injured.

"Civilian casualties more than doubled by comparison with the previous three months, with at least 105 people killed and 308 injured compared to 60 killed and 102 injured between 16 February and 15 May," it said.

The pro-European Ukrainian government had made efforts to implement the terms of the Minsk peace deal signed in February, although Kiev was still guilty of multiple violations of the accord, the rights body said.

By contrast, pro-Russian separatists were making no attempts to implement the agreement and were persisting with efforts to establish parallel - and illegal - state structures in areas under their control, it said.