UN: Death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707


The U.N. human rights office says at least 4,707 people have been killed and 10,322 wounded in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine.

It says more than 5 million people are living in the conflict areas where they face rising hardships and some struggle to stay alive. At least 1,357 fatalities have been recorded since the much-ignored cease-fire began in early September.

The latest findings from the Geneva office, based on reports from a 34-member U.N. monitoring mission in Ukraine during November and other figures through Dec. 12, says large-scale offensives have halted since the cease-fire but skirmishes and indiscriminate shelling of populated areas continue.

Source: Associated Press

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