Dramatic rise in casualties in eastern Ukraine

The situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights. Photo/ UNHCR

The number of casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached its highest level in a year, the UN human rights office has reported.

It found that 12 people were killed and 57 injured in June: the highest figure since August 2015.

The crisis in eastern Ukraine has entered its third year, pitting Government forces against separatist rebels.

The UN Human Rights High Commissioner is urging both sides to make civilian protection a priority.

Mamadou Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson at the UN human rights office, which is based in Geneva.

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