The UN recorded the deaths of 36 civilians from February to May

Between February 16 and May 15, 2017, 36 civilians were killed and 157 people were injured. This represents 48 percent increase compared to the previous reporting period, from November 16, 2016 to February 15, 2017.

This is stated in the report of the Monitoring Mission of the United Nations on the Rights of Person in Ukraine.

The UN notes that the parties to the armed conflict daily violated the ceasefire. In the conflict zone, small arms, as well as light and heavy weapons, were widely used.

The report says that military operations cause damage to vital infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and water supply facilities and cause serious concern on the protection of civilians. The authors of the report warn of the risk of further escalation of hostilities with the approach of summer, taking into account the trends of previous years.

“Since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014 and until May 15, 2017, at least 10,090 people, including 2,777 civilians were killed, and 23,966 were wounded. This is a conservative estimate based only on the data available. However, real figures are probably higher” the report says.

The report contains information on new cases of unlawful or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearances and abductions, in particular in the territory controlled by the armed groups. In a number of cases, the families of victims did not have access to detainees or information about their whereabouts.

The practice of torture continued: new incidents were documented on both sides of the contact line. It is worrying that an ineffective investigation of torture is rooted in a sense of impunity.

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