Friday 13 December 2019

Deaths mount in Eastern Ukraine after fresh clashes

An armored personnel carrier (APC) on a main road in rebel-territory near the village of Torez, east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine
An armored personnel carrier (APC) on a main road in rebel-territory near the village of Torez, east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine

Roland Oliphant in Moscow

FIGHTING in eastern Ukraine has claimed almost 100 lives so far this month, despite a ceasefire agreement reached in September, the United Nations has said. The clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces are now at their heaviest since that deal was signed in Minsk.

At least 4,132 people had been killed in eastern Ukraine between April — when the war began — and November 11, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The organisation’s previous situation report had put the death toll at 4,035 as of November 1.

The figure, which includes the civilians who were killed when Flight MH17 was shot down in July, was described as “a very conservative estimate.”

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