Over 6,000 killed in Ukraine: UN

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Geneva: According to a United Nations report more than six thousand people have been killed in Ukraine since April 2014, after war broke out between Pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces.

“More than 6,000 lives have now been lost in less than a year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

Zeid also urged both sides to respect the fragile Minsk Peace deal. He said that the war has wrecked havoc on Ukraine’s infrastructure and also extracted heavy toll on civilian life.

His comments came amid a relative calm along the frontline in eastern Ukraine that has raised hope the sides are moving towards implementing the shaky European-brokered ceasefire.

But the UN report paints a bleak picture of developments in the violence-wracked country and warned there had been a “serious escalation” of the conflict since the beginning of the year.