Ukrainian civilian death toll reaches 3,000: Report
The civilian death toll in Ukraine has passed 3,000 since the invasion started on Feb. 24, the U.N. human rights office announced Monday.
The total death toll, standing at 3,153, is an increase of 254 people killed since April 28. Another 3,316 have been injured, creating a total of 6,469 civilian casualties. Among those killed, 226 were children.
Most of the deaths were caused by explosive weapons with a wide area of impact, such as missiles and airstrikes, according to the report. The office did not include how many deaths each side was accountable for.
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The office also believes the actual toll to be higher but said that information has been delayed from areas with “intense hostilities.” These areas include the Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Luhansk regions.
Civilian evacuations at a steel plant in Mariupol began on May 1, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Zelensky said that more than 100 civilians have been evacuated and that they are scheduled to arrive in Zaporizhzhya, a city in southeastern Ukraine, Tuesday morning. The evacuation follows two days of ceasefire.
“After many weeks of negotiations, after many attempts, different meetings, people, calls, countries, proposals. Finally! There was not a single day when we did not try to find a solution that would save our people,” Zelensky said in a video recording.