On February 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine for a military invasion, civilian deaths crosses 7000 and it was a consequence of the then conflict that began in the year 2014.
Since 2014, post the Crimean crisis, Ukraine lived with the terror of war with Russia for nearly 8 years. Russia and Ukraine have, however, lived amidst disagreements with each since a long period. Russia had been claiming Ukraine as a part of its country, opposing its developing ties to the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to recapture the former Soviet Union Republic.
Post-invading Crimea, Russia controlled Crimea and parts of Donbas as well which are internationally recognized to be parts of Ukraine. Therefore, the war between Russia and Ukraine since 2014 was for these areas. On February 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine for a military invasion, and it was a consequence of the then conflict that began in 2014.
When Ukrainian President – Volodymyr Zelenskyy, had hinted to US President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 member states), the last January, Russia was highly infuriated and began to send soldiers near the Ukrainian border.
The annexation of Ukraine by Russia was the major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War. This resulted in tens of thousands of deaths on both sides, which eventually caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. On February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin announced a ‘Special Military Operation’ seeking the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.
A massive number of Civilian Deaths in Ukraine because of the Russo-Ukrainian War
This war has been one of the reigns of terror for the Ukrainians, which resulted in a dreadful number of deaths as well as may have resulted in mental traumas to the people, suffering in this, the people who were injured in this war, the people who injured but survived, and all of these leading to a terror amongst the people who lost their dear ones. Some human rights activists expressed that “Stop calling it war, for war implies faults on both sides.
It’s an invasion, where the state of Russia is the aggressor, and the people of Ukraine are the victim. And stop saying that your prayers are with the Ukrainian people, for prayers may give you comfort, but it does nothing to alleviate their suffering.” This war, however, set its base as invasion, demilitarization, and denazification, yet it has resulted in a huge number of deaths that were probably not spoken about earlier. As UN takes the cognizance of monitoring the number of civilian deaths in Ukraine, it thus came into the public eye as breaking news.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has estimated the number of deaths of civilians, or non-armed individuals, in Ukraine at over seven thousand since the start of the war on February 24, 2022. The highest death toll was recorded in March 2022, at over 3.2 thousand. The UN monitored a huge number of deaths.
As the rescue workers continued to bring out the dead bodies from the collapsed apartment blocks struck by the Russian missile on Saturday, in Dnipro, a Ukrainian city, the United Nations stated on Monday that it had confirmed the deaths of more than 7000 Ukrainian civilians in the period of 11 months since Russia invaded. The statistics confirmed by the United Nations said that the deaths included 2,784 men, 1,875 women, and another 1,939 adults whose gender was unknown. Those who died included 398 children as per the reports. However, the numbers include only those that the UN has been able to verify, and the UN acknowledged that the full civilian toll is much higher.
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