More than 260 killed over the past nine days in Donbas - UN

The number of victims of the conflict exceeded 5,000 people.

According to the UN, the past nine days of fighting in the Donbas claimed the lives of 262 people, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

The number of victims since the resumption of fighting is the highest since September, when the peace agreements were signed.

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"A significant escalation of violence has increased the number of victims to 5,086 people, and we are afraid that the real figure may be much higher," representative of the UN Rupert Colville said at a press conference in Geneva.

It is noted that the European Union has responded to another round of violence with a promise to take new steps to pressure Russia, which has painful economic and political sanctions imposed on it by the West, and to provide more assistance to Ukraine.

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"If Russia does not fulfill the (peace) agreement, and we are definitely faced with a very serious situation, in this case, I believe we will, at the level of the European Union, also look into the possible additional pressure we can provide," Foreign Minister of Latvia (presiding in the EU) Edgars Rinkēvičs said.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n321315