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    Ukrainian Conflict Left up to 10,000 Civilians Dead DPR

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1048)
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    According to the data released by the UN recently, more than 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since April 2014, but DPR parliament speaker believes these are conservative estimates.

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) maintains that 6,243 people have been killed and 15,615 injured in the southeastern regions of the country after Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters who refused to recognize the coup-imposed authorities.

    OHCHR's spokeswoman warned that the real number could be higher.

    "From 6,000 to 10,000 civilians have been killed in Donbass since the military operation began," the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) parliament speaker Andrei Purgin said.

    In February, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany worked out a new ceasefire deal for Ukraine. However, both sides report regular violations of the truce.

    The participants of the latest contact group meeting on May 6 formed four working subgroups on key aspects of the de-escalation of the conflict. The subgroups are expected to start working in mid-May.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1048)

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