Many more civilians have died in Ukraine than previously thought, eight million displaced


The actual number of civilians killed in Ukraine is “several thousand casualties” higher than the currently recorded number of 3,381, the United Nations acknowledged on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that more than eight million Ukrainians have been displaced.

The current death toll in Ukraine has been calculated by 55 United Nations monitoring teams in the country. Most of the civilians were killed by artillery fire, rocket fire and other explosives.

Matilda Bogner, head of the UN human rights monitoring team, said the UN would soon provide an estimate of the number of victims.

The UN would especially find it difficult to count the number of victims in Mariupol. “It’s a black hole,” sighs Bogner. “It is incredibly difficult to access and verify information.”

The southern port city has been bombarded daily for two months. Nine out of ten buildings were badly damaged and half of all buildings were destroyed. City journalists wrote about the desperation and precarious situation in Mariupol in early April. Additionally, recently released satellite images have uncovered mass graves.

Moscow denies hitting civilian targets with airstrikes. However, numerous investigations have already shown that the Russians are indeed responsible for the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian citizens.

More than eight million displaced people

According to IOM, the humanitarian crisis in the country is getting worse every day. The number of displaced people has now exceeded eight million. While Ukrainian refugees first sought refuge in eastern Ukraine, more and more displaced people are now choosing to travel further afield, the organization writes.

More and more displaced people say they need financial support. According to the IOM, this concerns two out of three people. More than 70% say they need money for food and/or medical expenses. There are also more and more Ukrainians reporting that their homes have been damaged.

More than 5.9 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24. Part of this group has since returned. According to UN figures, more than one and a half million people are affected. According to the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, even two out of three inhabitants of the capital have already returned.

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