31 civilians died, 137 injured in the Donbas from the beginning of 2018, said First Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission on the Donbass Alexander Gug, reports Radio Liberty.
“Any violation of the ceasefire could potentially lead to death or injury. Instead of a zero rate of civilian casualties, which, by agreement of the parties, would be the norm, the number of civilian casualties continues to rise. Since the beginning of the year, we have confirmed that 31 civilians perished and 137 were injured. In total, there are 168 civilian casualties”, said Hug.
The armed conflict in the Donbas continues from 2014 after the Russian annexation of the Crimea. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of the armed support of the separatists. The Kremlin dismisses these allegations and states that in the Donbass there may be Russian “volunteers”. According to the UN, during the conflict, more than 10,300 people died.