UN: Ukraine civilian deaths "thousands higher" than official toll

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The death toll of civilians in Ukraine are thousands more than the official UN record of 3,381, the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said at a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

The UN team said that most of the deaths have occurred due to the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area such as missile and air strikes.

The World Health Organization so far has documented some 200 attacks in Ukraine on healthcare facilities. Some people also chose not to go to hospitals due to safety concerns. Curtained access to health facilities and medical care has led to the rising mortality rate.

Russia denies targeting civilians and civilian facilities in the course of its special military operation in Ukraine.

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