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OSCE SMM reports of over 400 civilian casualties in Donbas in 2017
18:50, 4 December 2017
OSCE SMM reports of over 400 civilian casualties in Donbas in 2017

Aleska Simkic said that thousands of citizens, men, women and children did not have access to electricity, gas, water due a protracted conflict

18:50, 4 December 2017

AFP

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed of 400 casualties among the civilian population in Donbas conflict zone since the beginning of 2017, according to the OSCE SMM Deputy Chief Monitor Aleska Simkic. This was reported by Kyiv Post.

Simkic said at a press conference in Kharkiv on Monday that over the current year, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission had confirmed more than 400 civilian casualties, including those dead and injured.

“Undoubtedly, this situation primarily affects the civilian population and increases the risk of gender-based violence, including social and domestic violence. The survivors of violence often face another tragedy – the lack of social, economic and other human rights,” she said.

Simkic said that thousands of citizens (men, women and children) did not have access to electricity, gas, water, because during a protracted conflict the destruction of infrastructure erected across the contact line continues. People need to wait in lines at checkpoints for many hours, without proper shelter and without hygienic conditions, she said.

According to her, in 2017, the mission recorded more appeals from women who became victims of gender violence in the conflict zone.

Related: One Ukrainian soldier killed, four injured in Donbas conflict zone

As it was reported earlier Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of the number of deaths from mines. This was stated by humanitarian coordinator of the UN system in Ukraine Neil Voker. According to him, Ukraine is also among the three countries most contaminated by mines.

"Ukraine takes third in the world in terms of contamination of areas with mines and the first place - in terms of the number of people who died because of the explosions of mines," he said at the press conference.

In his turn, the Minister of Temporary Occupied Territories Vadym Chernysh asserts that before the end of hostilities in the Donbas region, it is meaningless to take measures to demine the territory.

Related: Donbas: Militants open fire on civilian transport

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