Matilda Bogner, Chairman of the UN Monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine, stated concern about the increasing number of deaths and injuries of civilians in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine.
This is stated in her statement posted on the website of the mission.
“I am extremely concerned about the increasing number of deaths and injuries of civilians in the conflict zone, especially as a result of shelling and attacks from small arms and light weapons. In March of this year, our Mission has recorded two cases of death and 14 injuries of civilians from such attacks from both sides from the line of collision: two dead and 11 wounded on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed “republics”, and three wounded – in the territory controlled by the government. This is the same as for the previous five months, from October 1, 2019 to 29 February 2020 (one dead and 15 wounded),” said Bogner.
The UN representative added that civilians also continue to die and get injured due to the rupture of mines and explosive objects.
She noticed that it should be remembered that “all parties to the conflict are bound by international humanitarian law, including obligations on the conduct of hostilities, which are governed by the principles of distinction, proportionality and adoption of precautionary measures.”
According to Bogner, the responsibility for compliance with these principles “is as direct combatants and their commanders”.
Next week, the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine that has already claimed more than 3,500 civilian lives, will enter into its seventh year.
The monitoring mission of the UN on human rights in Ukraine calls upon all sides involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions to exert maximum efforts for compliance with the rules and customs of war and ensure a stable ceasefire.