Despite ceasefire in Ukraine, average of 10 people killed every day

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Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch at the Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner for Human rights (OHCHR), UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Civilians in Ukraine are continuing to die and be wounded despite the ceasefire in the east of the country, according to the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR.

The latest report on the human rights situation in Ukraine was released on Wednesday and showed that at least 3,660 people were killed and close to 9,000 wounded in the last six months.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between the country's military and pro-Russian groups has also led to more than five million people being deprived of basic human rights.

OHCHR's Gianni Magazzeni said although the ceasefire from 5 September has ended large-scale offensive actions, attacks on civilians are still being reported.

“Has the ceasefire completely stopped the killing? Of course no. We have an average of about ten per day. There are still daily exchanges with the use of artillery tank, small armed fires, especially in critical locations such as the Donetsk airport.”  (15″)

Mr Magazzeni said that back in July and August, the average number of people killed was 36.

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner has called on all parties to genuinely respect the ceasefire and uphold it.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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