Death toll in Ukraine still rising

Russian news agency RIA Novosti published yesterday an article regarding the latest United Nations OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs) report on casualties in Eastern Ukraine. Despite a cease-fire fighting continues day for day. The English translation of the article provided by “George B” can be found below.

The omnipresent difference in opinions on this conflict between Western and Eastern media is expressed in the article’s last sentence: “In the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic they say that the Ukrainian armed forces are directing fire from the airport onto residential neighbourhoods, and the rebels are forced to open fire in return.

Western media like the German ZEIT writes that pro-Russian separatist opened mortar fire on Ukrainian forces in the area of Donetsk who then also countered with indirect fire.

Someone did the first shot, but everyone is accusing the other side – for the dead it doesn’t matter by whom they’ve got killed.

News article from RIA Novosti, 18. October 2014, translated by George B:

UN OCHA: More than 100 people wounded and 25 killed in the Ukraine in the last week

According to data on the 15th of October, 3707 people have been killed and 9075 wounded, states a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Geneva, 18th October, Elizaveta Isakova. More than 100 people have been wounded and 25 have been killed this week as a result of the continuing conflict in the Ukraine, reports the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

‘According to data on the 15th of October, 3707 people have been killed and 9075 wounded,’ reads the UN OCHA document.

In the previous report, published by the UN OCHA a week ago, the number of dead was 3682, with 8871 wounded.

A law on the special status of Donbass came into force on Saturday, and was published in the official newspaper of the Ukrainian Parliament, ‘Golos Ukrainy’. The act guarantees the freedom to use any language in Donbass, and facilitates cross-border cooperation with Russia. Participants in the conflict in Donbass will receive amnesty, and additionally will not be prosecuted or punished for their part in actions on the territory of Donetsk or Lugansk oblasts.

The Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zacharchenko stated on Saturday that the DNR is transitioning from a condition of armed resistance to Kiev to a peaceful phase.

With the mediation of the OSCE the Kiev authorities and the rebels in Donbass agreed to a ceasefire in September in Minsk, to an exchange of prisoners, and reached a raft of political agreements. The ceasefire is generally being observed, although both sides periodically accuse the other of breaking it. Skirmishes regularly take place at Donetsk airport, for example. In the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic they say that the Ukrainian armed forces are directing fire from the airport onto residential neighbourhoods, and the rebels are forced to open fire in return.

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