Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said speaking at the 31st session of the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva, Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the UN.
According to assistant secretary-general, 30,346 people fell victims to the war in the east of Ukraine: over 9,000 were killed and more than 21,000 received injuries. There are about a thousand unidentified bodies in Ukrainian morgues. The number of civilian casualties has slightly decreased in recent months, but people in the area of the contact line still die due to shelling and unexploded ordnance.
Šimonović stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreements was the only real strategy for peace in the east of Ukraine. He added that the restoration of full and efficient Ukrainian government's control over the section of the border with the Russian Federation would help stop the flow of weapons and militants from Russia.
"The people who live in the territories under armed groups' control are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. We hear firsthand accounts of arbitrary and incommunicado detention and torture by armed groups," Šimonović said.