In July, the office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights has recorded 73 of the civilian casualties in Eastern Ukraine — eight civilians were killed, 65 were injured, according to a press release from the office. The growth of civilian casualties recorded for the second month in a row. In June, in the conflict zone was 12 people were killed and 57 were injured. According to the UN, civilian casualties in the two summer months was two times more than the average for the previous 9 months. From September 2015 to may 2016, the average losses among civilians sostalyali 34.
“A lot of victims that we have documented in recent weeks, suggests that neither Ukrainian forces, but the armed groups do not take the necessary action to protect civilians,” said UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid RA’ad al Hussein.
More than half of the victims caused by the attacks, including weapons, which had to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
According to the UN office, from mid-April 2014 until 31 July 2016 the UN office documented the death of 9 553 people and wounding 22 137 people in the conflict zone. These figures include data for Ukrainian military and civilian members of armed groups.
The revitalization of the fighting from may say all parties to the conflict and observers. 13, a member of the Trilateral contact group Irina Germanenko said that “we have in recent weeks, a record number of dead and wounded at the front.” May 24 Armed forces of Ukraine have suffered the heaviest for the year the loss for one day was killed seven soldiers, said Secretary of national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov.
Six soldiers were killed on July 24. The escalation of the situation in the Donbass became the subject of telephone conversations of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, last week.
According to military expert Viktor Murakhovski, in the East of Ukraine is constantly growing tension. “The parties initiate breakouts and attacks. Their intensity depends on the internal Ukrainian politics” – suggests murakhovski. According to him, the large losses among the civilian population due to the fact that residents left the city and was not evacuated. Murakhovski noted that despite this, he noted the explosive growth of victims among the civilian population.