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Nearly 1,000 Killed During Ukraine Ceasefire Signed in September – With Abuses On Both Sides

Posted by Info on 25/11/2014

“The list of victims keeps growing. Civilians, including women, children, minorities and a range of vulnerable individuals and groups continue to suffer the consequences of the political stalemate in Ukraine,” the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, said.

Friday marks the first anniversary of the start of the Maidan protests against Ukraine’s former pro-Kremlin government, which led to the conflict in the east.

In total, more than 4,300 combatants and civilians have been killed in eastern Ukraine since pro-Russia rebels seized border regions in April,  including  298 people who died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July.

The UN report detailed grave human rights abuses on both sides and highlights the huge number of people registered as displaced by the conflict, from 275,489 in mid-September to 466,829 on Wednesday.

The Kremlin denies western and Ukrainian accusations.

Nato said there have been about 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the west over the crisis. Newer Nato members such as Poland and the Baltic states once ruled from Moscow have been deeply concerned by Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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