(QHA) -

The number of people, who had been killed during the Donbas war, has surpassed 6,000 people, according to the OHCHR.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein stresses that the latest monitoring report on the situation in Ukraine, issued on 2 March, indicates a "ruthless destruction of civilian population and infrastructure."

"The Donbas conflict has taken the lives of more than 6,000 people in less than a year. Both sides are obliged to comply with the Minsk agreements and stop chaotic attacks and other acts of aggression that put civilians in a terrible situation, which is a blatant disregard of humanitarian law and human rights," -  said the diplomat.

According to the UN official data, 5,809 have been killed, 14,740 wounded during the conflict in the Donbas. Of these, 1,012 have been killed and 3,793 injured in the period between December 1 and February 15. The full report on the victims, including during the confrontation at Donetsk airport and in the area of Debaltseve has not been finished yet, but the OHCHR argues that the death toll has "almost certainly" exceeded 6,000 people.

Earlier, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it would expand assistance to Donbas residents, who had been affected by the conflict. The UN agency will deliver food rations and product coupons for nearly 190,000 people who were forced to flee their homes or were not able to leave the front line.

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