En the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the “full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation”, launched on 24 February 2022, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) published an updated report on the “horrible human cost” of war among the civilian population, pointing out that they are confirmed “30,457 civilian casualties” in these two years, including 10,582 dead and 19,875 injured.

Among the civilian victims of the conflict, which is about to enter its third year, are 587 children killed and 1,298 injuredpoints out the mission report.

“The number of civilian casualties was particularly high during the first months after the large-scale armed attack, with thousands of civilians killed and injured per month. Although the numbers gradually declined throughout 2022 and 2023, they remained high, with an average of 163 civilians killed and 547 injured per month in 2023”, points out the document.

Data collected by HRMMU reveals that, in fact, the number of civilian victims was particularly high in the first months of the conflict, with 4,289 deaths (and more than 3,000 injured) in March 2022, 840 fatalities in April, and 586 in May , the three deadliest months for the civilian population. In the first fortnight of this month of February, 77 civilian deaths and 169 injuries were confirmed.

“In terms of cause of death or injury, the vast majority of civilian casualties (91 percent) were caused by explosive weapons with wide-area effects.”indicates the report, adding that “mines and explosive remnants of war were responsible for 3.7%” of the victims, and “other weapons and incidents” for the remainder.

The United Nations monitoring mission also indicates that interviews it conducted with more than 550 former Ukrainian prisoners of war and detained civilians “indicated the commission of serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the Russian armed forces , including summary executions and widespread torture.”

Recalling that “this month marks not only two years since Russia’s large-scale military attack, but also 10 years since it illegally annexed the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine”, the UN Human Rights Office emphasizes that, “since February 24, 2022, the already terrible human rights situation in occupied Crimea has worsened, with repression against those who criticize the occupation” and announces that next week it will publish a report on the decade of Russian occupation of this region .

“Russia’s armed offensive into Ukraine, which is about to enter its third year with no end in sight, continues to cause serious and widespread human rights violations, destroying lives and livelihoods”commented today the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk.

Recalling that “millions of people have been displaced, thousands have lost their homes and hundreds of medical and educational institutions have been damaged or destroyed, significantly affecting people’s right to health and education”, the UN’s top human rights official noted that ” The long-term impact of this war in Ukraine will be felt for generations.”

According to UN data, around 3.7 million people remain displaced in Ukraine, while around 6.5 million are refugees in other countries.

Saturday marks two years since the Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory, launched on February 24, 2022, which plunged Europe into what is considered the most serious security crisis since the Second World War (1939-1945).

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