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 48 Soldiers Killed in Donbas During the "Truce", UN Says

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights states that during the ceasefire in Ukraine that started on September 5, 49 servicemen were killed and 242 were wounded.

This is stated in its report on the situation in Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

The report, released on Wednesday states that on 5 September peace agreements were reached in Minsk, the implementation of which was to begin on the same day. "This ceasefire is increasingly fragile against the backdrop of daily reports of clashes, shootings and fights. Though there are fewer victims, civilians and soldiers are dying every day," the report says. According to the information in some areas of the conflict zone the situation is calm, at the same time in other places the fighting has intensified, for example, in the Donetsk airport.

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"After the cease-fire there are reports of the Ukrainian military repeatedly fired upon by armed groups," the UN states. The document also mentions the adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of two presidential bills within the Minsk agreements framework: an amnesty and a special mode of self-government in some regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. "The reaction of the leaders of the so-called DPR and LPR was ambiguous," the report says. According to the UN, armed groups continue to terrorize the population in areas under their control, killing, abducting people, resorting to torture, abusing and violating other human rights, in particular, destroying homes and imposing arrest on the property.

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"They kidnapped people for ransom and forced labor, and used them to exchange for their fighters held by the Ukrainian authorities," the report notes. According to the information, the militants also practice forced mobilization of the civilian population and threaten the local population with execution.

According to the UN, 3,660 people were killed and 8,756 injured during the conflict in the east of Ukraine from mid-April to October 6,.

 
 
 
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