Ukraine crisis: Death count mounts in war-torn Ukraine as shock footage emerges

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Shocking footage has been released of the horrors of the Mariupol siege, as the civilian death toll in war-torn Ukraine mounts.

For three weeks, the city in the south of Ukraine has been under attack and is currently encircled by soldiers.

Although Russia has tried to prevent the world from seeing the extent of the attacks, three journalists from the Associated Press put their safety on the line to chronicle the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country.

More than 700 civilians, including 52 children, have been killed in Ukraine since Russia invaded three weeks ago, but the “actual number is likely much higher”, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo has told the Security Council.

“Most of these casualties were caused by the use in populated areas of explosive weapons with a wide impact area. Hundreds of residential buildings have been damaged or destroyed, as have hospitals and schools,” DiCarlo said on Thursday.

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Most casualties were caused by explosive weapons in populated areas, the US told the UN. Credit: AP

She told the 15-member council the UN human rights agency has recorded 726 deaths, including 52 children, and 1174 people injured, including 63 children, between February 24 and March 15. DiCarlo did not specify who was to blame.

“The magnitude of civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine cannot be denied. This demands a thorough investigation and accountability,” she said.

The World Health Organisation has verified 43 attacks on health care in Ukraine that have killed 12 people and injured dozens more, including health workers, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the Security Council.

“In any conflict, attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law,” Tedros told the council, without specifying who was to blame.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Moscow of attacking civilians.

Russia has called its military actions in Ukraine a “special operation” and denies attacking civilians, saying it is targeting Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

The Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a Russian-drafted call for aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine, but diplomats say the measure is set to fail because it does not push for an end to the fighting or withdrawal of Russian troops.

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