UN says Ukraine death toll doubles in 2 weeks to at least 2,086 in 'clear escalating trend'

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 13, 2014 - 11:18 AM
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A pro-Russian rebel stands at a block-post on the outskirts of Donetsk near a bullet riddled bus, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, where at least 12 militiamen fighting alongside government troops against pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been killed in an ambush, a spokesman for their radical nationalist movement said Wednesday.

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GENEVA — The U.N.'s human rights office says the number of people who have been killed in eastern Ukraine appears to have doubled in the last two weeks.

A spokeswoman for the office, Cecile Pouilly, says the U.N.'s "very conservative estimates" show the death toll has risen to at least 2,086 people as of Aug. 10 from 1,129 on July 26.

She said in a statement Wednesday that at least 4,953 others have been wounded in the fighting since mid-April.

Pouilly says that on average more than 60 people a day have been killed or wounded as part of "a clear escalating trend" of violence.

The totals reflect Ukrainian armed forces, civilians and armed groups.

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