WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE: THE HUMAN COST

BBC News on August 29, 2014, reported on the human costs of the war in eastern Ukraine. Excerpts below:

At least 2,119 people had been killed and 5,043 wounded since mid-April, a UN report on 7 August said

951 civilians have been killed in Donetsk region alone, the official regional authorities said on 20 August

Official casualty counts only record certified deaths while in some particularly dangerous parts of the war zone, such as Luhansk region, victims are said to have been buried informally, for instance in gardens

Rebels (and some military sources) accuse the government of concealing the true numbers of soldiers killed

155,800 people have fled elsewhere in Ukraine while at least 188,000 have gone to Russia.

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