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Death toll in Ukraine doubles in two weeks to Aug. 10-UN

Source: Reuters - Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:01 GMT
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GENEVA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The estimated death toll in the Ukraine confict nearly doubled to 2,086 as of Aug. 10 from 1,129 on July 26, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

"This corresponds to a clear escalating trend. " U.N. human rights spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told Reuters in response to a query.

On average, more than 60 people a day have been killed or wounded since fighting began in mid-April in eastern Ukraine, she said. Nearly 5,000 have been wounded to date. The figures for casualties include Ukrainian soldiers, armed groups and civilians, but "are very conservative estimates", she said. It was not clear whether Russian soldiers were among them.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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