A total of 352 civilians, including 14 children have been killed and 1,684 people including 116 children injured since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health announced Sunday.
A of relief organizations operating within the United Nations said in a report that at least 64 civilians were killed and more more than 160,000 are on the move after the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine.
“As of 5:00 p.m. on February 26 (UN human rights office) OHCHR reports at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 dead”, the United Nations Office for the coordination of of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in the situation report on Saturday.
This added actual numbers were likely to be “significantly higher.”
Damage to civilian infrastructure has left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or water. Hundreds of homes had been damaged or destroyed while the bridges and roads hit by bombing had left some communities have cut off markets, he says.
He quoted the UN refugee agency as saying more over 160,000 people had been displaced within the country and more more than 116,000 were forced to flee to neighboring countries countries.
“UN agencies and humanitarian partners have been forced to suspend operations due to the deteriorating security situation,” OCHA said.
“The United Nations and its partners maintain their presence throughout the country and remain committed to stay on on the ground and respond to the growing humanitarian needs and protection risks once the situation permits”, he added.
“The current situation exacerbates a already dire humanitarian situation in the Donbass region and generate new multi-sector needs across the country,” OCHA said.
The report also pointed out that even before the current deterioration in the situation, the protracted conflict in Ukraine had led to more more than 3,000 dead and more more than 7,000 injured, while damaging or destroying around 55,000 homes. About 2.9 millions people already required humanitarian aid, a figure that should rise exponentially as result of stepping of an armed conflict.
Ukrainian government, on the other main, announced On Saturday at least 198 civilians were killed and 1,115 people injured nationwide, including 33 children after three days of Russian ground attacks and air forces. Three children were among the dead according to Health Minister Viktor Liashko.
Russian Ministry of Defense also confirmed reports that son military forces suffered casualties. During a daily briefing in Moscow, the ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said: “The Russian military has shown courage and heroism in playing combat homework”, but admitted that there was dead and wounded, and some of they were captured.
Russian troops entered Ukraine, with intense fighting underway in major cities, including the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson and Odessa, among others, as well as the conflict-ridden Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. the government of Ukraine declared a state of emergency and martial law.