Nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed or injured in Ukraine and more than 10 million displaced since Russia launched its invasion more than a month ago, the United Nations said Monday, as it documents human rights violations and signs of Russian war crimes, including attacks on civilian infrastructure, poor treatment of prisoners of war and conflict-related sexual violence.
At least 1,119 civilians have been killed in Ukraine and 1,790 injured between the launch of Russia’s invasion on February 24 and March 26, HRMMU said, including 99 children killed and 126 injured.
There are “strong indications” that Russian forces have violated international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Ukraine, particularly laws protecting civilians during conflict, according to the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) report published Monday.
The number of people killed and injured in the conflict is likely to be “considerably higher” as the number does not include figures from areas with intense hostilities like Mariupol.
The agency said it has received credible of Russian forces using indiscriminate weapons like cluster bombs in civilian areas and has verified reports of numerous civilian buildings being damaged or destroyed, including 74 medical facilities, eight kindergartens, 23 schools and hundreds of residential buildings.
The HRMMU also said it has documented numerous arbitrary arrests or “enforced arrests,” including 21 journalists disappearing or civil activists speaking out against the Russian attack and 24 public officials or civil servants, including three mayors.