KYIV (QHA) -

UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine recorded a decrease in the number of civilian casualties in the Donbas, meanwhile it notes that 2,500 civilians were killed during the whole period of the conflict.

Since August 16, 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has documented 87 victims of armed conflict among civilians in eastern Ukraine (15 dead and 72 wounded), says the UN's 20th report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, which was  presented in Kyiv on Tuesday.

The report says that the number of victims decreased by 48% compared to the previous reporting period (May 16 - August 15, 2017).

Most civilians are killed by mines, unexploded ordnance, booby-traps and improvised explosive devices, which accounted for 59.8% of the total number of deaths and injuries.

At the same time, at least 2523 civilians were killed for the entire conflict period (from April 14, 2014 to November 15, 2017), of which 1399 men, 837 women, 91 boys, 47 girls. The sex of 149 deceased was not identified.

Moreover, 298 civilians, including 80 children, died as a result of the crash of the MH-17 aircraft on July 17, 2014.

In total, due to the conflict in the east of Ukraine, 7-9 thousand civilians were injured.

“OHCHR continues to call upon the all parties of the conflict to immediately cease fire and fulfill all the other obligations they had assumed in the Minsk agreements, including the removal of heavy weapons and the cultivation of forces and equipment,” says the report.

The mission reminds that during the previous reporting period, it was possible to reduce the number of victims, due to the "bread truce".

Earlier, December 4th, Alexander Hug, the First Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, noted that the situation in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine had worsened in recent weeks, and security zones actually exist only nominally.

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