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UN confirms 9,444 civilian deaths in Ukraine since start of Russia’s invasion

Smoke rises above 400 new graves in the town of Severodonetsk, where the Ukraine-Russia war continues. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The United Nations has confirmed the deaths of 9,444 civilians in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on August 15 that 545 children were among the dead.

The office also confirmed that 16,940 people have been injured, including 1,126 children, since the Kremlin launched its invasion in February 2022.

The actual number of casualties is thought to be much higher as information from some places where fighting has been intense has yet to come in, while many other reports of deaths still need to be verified, the UN said.