Death Toll In Hostilities In Donetsk People's Republic Almost Halved In 2018 - Ombudsman

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Death Toll in Hostilities in Donetsk People's Republic Almost Halved in 2018 - Ombudsman

The number of people killed as a result of hostilities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reduced by almost half in 2018 compared to the previous year, Daria Morozova, the human rights commissioner in the republic, said on Monday

DONETSK (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th January, 2019) The number of people killed as a result of hostilities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reduced by almost half in 2018 compared to the previous year, Daria Morozova, the human rights commissioner in the republic, said on Monday.

"Throughout 2018, 310 people sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of hostilities in the Donetsk People's Republic, 162 people were killed, including five children," Morozova wrote on her Facebook page.

In 2017, at least 278 people were killed and around 600 were injured in hostilities in the DPR, according to the regional ombudsman's office.

In April 2014, Kiev launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed republics in the Donbas region that refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government at the time, which came to power in what they perceived to be a coup. The warring parties signed the Minsk peace accords in February 2015 to end the fighting in the crisis-torn region, but the situation has remained tense, with both parties accusing each other of ceasefire violations. As many as 4,729 people, including 81 children, have been killed in the DPR since the beginning of the Donbas conflict, according to the DPR ombudsman's office.

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