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44 bodies found in rubble of building destroyed by Russia in Ukraine

A total of 44 dead civilians were discovered in the rubble of a building destroyed by the Russian forces in early March, the head of a local Ukrainian administration said.

What remains of the building in question is located in the town of Izium, Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine. As many as 44 civilian bodies have been discovered in the rubble of the building, the head of the Izium administration Oleh Syniehubov said.

“Yet another horrifying war crime against civilians committed by the Russian occupiers,” he recapitulated.

Bodies of 44 civilians found under ruins of building destroyed by russians in #Izium, – head of #Kharkiv regional administration.
Further evidence for the International Criminal Court. #RussianWarCrimes pic.twitter.com/ZMIkZ6swDK

— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 10, 2022

OHCHR numbers

From 4 am on February 24, 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, to 24:00 midnight on May 8, 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 7,061 civilian casualties in the country: 3,381 killed and 3,680 injured. This included:

a total of 3,381 killed (1,227 men, 787 women, 75 girls, and 91 boys, as well as 69 children and 1,132 adults whose sex is yet unknown)

a total of 3,680 injured (521 men, 396 women, 83 girls, and 93 boys, as well as 170 children and 2,417 adults whose sex is yet unknown)

In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 3,694 casualties (1,810 killed and 1,884 injured)

On Government-controlled territory: 3,140 casualties (1,699 killed and 1,441 injured)

On territory controlled by Russian affiliated armed groups: 554 casualties (111 killed and 443 injured)

In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, and Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 3,367 casualties (1,571 killed and 1,796 injured).

As the official OHCHR website reads, 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 airstrikes.

OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still awaiting corroboration. This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), and Popasna (Luhansk region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties.


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