The number of civilian victims in Ukraine has exceeded a thousand, with at least 1,035 civilians killed since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported on Thursday.
“The majority of recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling by heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and airstrikes,” the OHCHR said.
In a statement, the UN body explained that the 1,035 dead civilians are “214 men, 160 women, 14 girls, and 28 boys, as well as 48 children and 571 adults whose sex is still unknown.”
He added that at least 1,650 civilians have been injured since the start of the invasion.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 311 civilian deaths and 857 civilian injuries. In other regions, such as the city of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zhytomyr, 724 civilians have been killed and 793 injured.
“OHCHR believes that the true figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have taken place has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration. This concerns, for example, Mariupol and Volnovakha (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne (Luhansk region), and Trostianets (Sumy region), where there are reports of numerous civilian casualties,” the UN body said.