UN confirms 4169 civilian fatalities in Ukraine

The United Nations has confirmed 9,151 civilian casualties in Ukraine from the start of the conflict on February 24 until June 2.

This includes 4,169 people killed and 4,982 injured, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in its latest civilian casualty update, noting that the actual figures are likely “considerably higher”.

“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes,” the OHCHR said.

Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces have occupied about 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory.

He says the situation in Severodonetsk is “the hardest right now”, as well as in cities and communities nearby, such as Lysychansk and Bakhmut.