Ukraine conflict "at high risk of re-escalation"

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Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said that half of all civilian casualties since the middle of last month were caused by shelling. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Conflict in Ukraine has claimed the lives of nearly 9,500 people since fighting erupted two years ago, and more than one in four were civilians, the Human Rights Council heard Wednesday.

Speaking at the assembly in Geneva, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned that there is "a high risk" of hostilities re-escalating between government forces and armed groups.

And in an appeal to the leaders of the warring sides to respect a ceasefire agreement, Mr Simonovic said that he had met people on both sides of the front line who told him that they wanted peace, human rights and the rule of law.

Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Duration: 3’32″

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