The numbers of deaths and refugees after almost two weeks of war in Ukraine continue to rise. According to the latest figures published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), since the beginning of the conflict until Thursday, February 10, 474 civilians have lost their lives, of which 37 are children, and another 861 have been injured, including 50 children.
However, as recognized by the body itself, the actual figures “will be considerably higher” as a consequence of the fact that the arrival of information, in many cases, suffers delays due to the increase in hostilities. To this must be added the bombing of the Mariupol children’s hospital this Wednesday, which has left, for the moment, 17 injured and several missing.
The vast majority of casualties confirmed by the UN were from wide-range explosive weapons, including fire from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles and aerial bombardment.
On the other hand, the Government of Ukraine quantified this Thursday in 12,000 Russian soldiers killed since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. According to a report published by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on its Facebook page, the Ukrainians also reportedly destroyed 290 enemy tanks, 46 planes and 68 Russian helicopters.
This balance, which cannot be verified with an independent source and which does not mention casualties or loss of its own military equipment, ensures that 999 Russian artillery systems or 454 vessels of different types have also been neutralized.
The number of deceased Russian soldiers is considerably higher than that recognized by the Kremlin, which confirmed the death of 498 members of its armies on February 2.
Ukrainians who have had to leave their country as a result of the war now number more than 2 million, of which more than a million are in neighboring Poland, according to the latest data from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) published on Tuesday, March 8.
After Poland, Hungary would be the country that has received the most refugees, with 180,000, followed by Slovakia with 128,000, Romania with 79,000 and Moldova with 82,000. To them should also be added some 53,000 who have fled to Russiaaccording to statistics from the UN agency.
UNHCR continues to estimate that the conflict could cause an exodus of up to four million Ukrainiansthe equivalent of almost a tenth of the population of that country, although the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has increased that figure to five million.
In fact, as warned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, the number of Ukrainian refugees will exceed the two million mark between this Tuesday and Wednesday. The refugee crisis in Ukraine, he claimed, is the fastest growing since World War II.
Meanwhile, both Russia and Ukraine are advancing in the opening of humanitarian corridors to evacuate the civilian population. This Tuesday, March 8, Kiev announced the opening of one of these passages in Sumy, in the northeast of the country, where during the early morning Russian bombing would have caused at least ten deaths, including children, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service.
For its part, Moscow announced a temporary ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow the evacuation of civilians from the capital, Kiev, and cities such as Chernigov, Kharkov, Mariupol and Sumy to Russian territory through Belarus, after a proposal to this effect was rejected on Monday by the Ukrainian authorities.
“Since 10:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m. in mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands), Russia has declared a regime of silence and is prepared to create humanitarian corridors,” said the National Defense Control Center, according to the Russian agency. of TASS news.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.