Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine led to the death of at least 2,500 civilians and from 7,000 to 9,000 people were wounded. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine referring to UN data.
"According to the UN estimates, during almost three years of military operations in Donbas, at least 2,500 Ukrainian civilians were killed, from 7,000 to 9,000 - injured. The war continues to take away human lives: in the first half of this year, more than 400 civilians became victims of it, which is 60% more than during the same period in 2016," the statement said.
At the same time, the Foreign Ministry stressed that the continuing violations of the ceasefire, mined areas pose a threat to the lives of nearly 800 thousand Ukrainians living near the demarcation line. "The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) regularly registers numerous cases of the deployment of military positions, weapons and military equipment in populated areas controlled by Russia by illegal armed groups, seizure of private property and administrative premises, in particular schools, kindergartens and hospitals," the Foreign Ministry added.
According to the department, almost 1.6 million citizens (about 4% of the population of Ukraine) were forced to leave their homes and became internally displaced persons. According to the UN, more than 3.8 million citizens of Ukraine on both sides of the demarcation line need humanitarian assistance.