United Nations, Apr 29 : Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top UN official has said. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council that the total number of casualties now stands at 30,729 including 9,333 people killed and 21,396 injured. He said the latest incident occurred on April 27 when shelling killed at least four civilians and injured at least eight people in Olenivka near the city of Donetsk.
Zerihoun said that fighting has escalated in recent weeks to levels not seen since August 2014, when it was at its most intense and he called on all parties to cease hostilities. He criticised both sides for hindering access to an international monitoring mission put in place under the Minsk ceasefire agreement ironed out by the Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Feb. 14, 2015, but said that according to statistics provided by the monitors restrictions were more common in rebel-held areas.
Yesterday’s Security Council meeting was the first to address the situation in Ukraine since December 2015. During the meeting representatives from Russia and Ukraine traded bitter accusations over who was to blame for the flare-up in hostilities. “Russia has organised and deployed in Donbas a 34,000-strong hybrid military force consisting of the regular Russian troops as well as of foreign and local militants. (ALSO READ: China takes over presidency of United Nations (UN) security council)
Russian generals and military officers provide direct command-and-control of this illegal military entity impressively heavily armed,” Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s deputy minister of …