Casualties in Ukraine continue to increase, says top UN human rights official

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Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, speaks during the meeting. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

With the intensification of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, the number of people that have been killed has risen dramatically, according to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Ivan Šimonović was in Vienna, Austria, on Monday to brief the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on his recent mission to Ukraine.

He said the trend is clear and alarming, with an average of at least 36 people killed every day.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said today that with the intensification of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, the number of people killed has risen dramatically. He said that during his recent mission to the country, he raised the need to abide by international human rights principles and international humanitarian law with representatives of both sides.  Mr. Šimonović also stressed that a military solution alone cannot solve the problems in eastern Ukraine. (0'25")

The Assistant Secretary-General underlined that the price of escalation of hostilities is being paid by all Ukrainians, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation.

He concluded by saying that Ukraine should be spared of what was described as "a winter of horrors".

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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