"Civilians continue to suffer seriously as a result of the protracted conflict," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva today. "In 2015 alone, about 400 civilians have been killed as a result of indiscriminate shelling of residential areas and because of landmines and unexploded ordnance - both in government-controlled territories and in territories controlled by armed groups."
She noted that "According to reports, fighting has intensified, especially in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and near the village of Shyrokyne in the Donetsk region, where heavy weapons, including mortars, artillery and tanks are reportedly extensively used - running counter to the Minsk Accords."
The UN Human Rights Office and the World Health Organization estimate that since April 2014, at least 6,116 people, both military personnel and civilians, have been killed and 15,474 wounded. The actual number of casualties could be considerably higher, as hundreds remain missing and hundreds of bodies are still pending recovery.
The UN has called on all parties to the conflict to comply with the Minsk agreements.