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UN Secretary-General Guterres urges people to check facts and not spread fakes

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on people to check facts before sharing content on the Internet, thus preventing the spread of fakes.

“We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of harmful falsehoods and misinformation. Stop and check facts before sharing content online,” he wrote on microblogging Twitter.

He also added a number of questions to think about before sharing content online, namely “Who is the author of the content?”, “What is the source of the information?”, “Where did the information come from?”, “Why are you sharing it?” and “Where was it published?”.

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UN says Black Sea Grain Initiative has not resumed in full

An agreement on the safe export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports has not been renewed in full, after Russia said it had been extended, the United Nations said Friday, May 26, Reuters reported.
“The agreement allowing safe exports of grain and fertilizers from Ukrainian Black Sea ports has not yet resumed in full, the United Nations said on Friday, after Russia decided last week to extend it,” it said.
The pact, called the Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey last July with Russia and Ukraine to alleviate a global food crisis exacerbated by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, covers three ports, but since April 29, no ships have been allowed to call at the Yuzhny port, the UN said.
The UN and Turkey are “working closely with other parties to restore full operations … and remove all obstacles that impede operations and limit the scope of the Initiative,” the UN said in a statement.

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War in Ukraine claimed lives of nearly 9,000 civilians – UN

Civilian casualties from February 24, 2022, after Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, to May 21, 2023, totaled 24,012 (23,821 a week earlier), including 8,895 deaths (8,836), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Monday.

“OHCHR believes that the real number of civilian deaths or injuries is significantly higher, as many reports from places where such cases have occurred continue to require further confirmation, while information from some places where fighting is ongoing is delayed,” the UN data document noted.

This is the case, for example, in such locations as Mariupol (Donetsk region), Lysychansk, Popasna and Severodonetsk (Luhansk region), where numerous civilian deaths or injuries have been reported.

The UN confirmed that 4,040 men, 2,403 women, 275 boys and 218 girls were killed, while the gender of 30 children and 1,929 adults could not yet be determined.

Among the 15,117 wounded are 445 boys and 314 girls, and 276 children whose gender has not yet been determined.

Compared to May 14, two children were killed and seven others were wounded.

Whereas previously the OHCHR’s update on casualty figures was issued daily, and then only on weekdays, it became a weekly update in July. This report, like the previous one, provides data by month.

According to them, the number of deaths since the beginning of May was 133, compared with 180 in April, 181 in March, 142 in February, 199 in January, 206 in December and 187 in November.

The deadliest month for civilians, the UN points out, remains March of last year, with a minimum of 4,118 deaths. In April-2022, according to an OHCHR publication, the number of civilian deaths due to the war dropped to 804, in May to 535, in June to 428 and in July to 381. In the first five days of the war from February 24-28, 362 people died, in August 336, in September 398 and in October 305.

The number of wounded in the 21 days of May was 466, compared with 494 in April, 592 in March, 457 in February, 539 in January, 617 in December, and 541 in November. In October, the number of injured dropped to 795 from 981 in September, when it was up from 917 in August. Before that the number of wounded had exceeded a thousand each month: July – 1,129, June – 1,105, May – 1,138, April – 1,891, March – 2,990. In the first five days of the war last February, 465 people were wounded.

According to the report, in the first three weeks of May this year, large-area explosive weapons killed 122 people and wounded another 431, while mines and explosive remnants of war killed 11 people and wounded 35 (8 percent of total casualties).

Government-controlled territories accounted for 83 percent of the casualties in May, according to the UN.

The summary traditionally states that the increase in numbers to the previous summary should not be attributed only to cases after May 14, because during that period the Office verified a number of cases from previous days.

Civilian casualties since February 24, 2022 are at least 8,709 – UN

Civilian casualties from February 24, 2022, after Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, to May 1, 2023, totaled 23,375 (23,015 as of April 24), including 8,709 deaths (8,574), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Tuesday.

“OHCHR believes that the real number of civilian deaths or injuries is significantly higher, as many reports from places where such cases have occurred still require further confirmation, while information from some places where fighting is ongoing is delayed,” the paper noted regarding the UN data.

This is the case, for example, in such locations as Mariupol (Donetsk region), Lysychansk, Popasna and Severodonetsk (Luhansk region), where numerous civilian deaths or injuries have been reported.

According to confirmed UN data, 3,933 men, 2,341 women, 270 boys and 214 girls were killed, while the gender of 31 children and 1,920 adults could not yet be determined.

Among the 14,666 wounded, 431 were boys and 304 girls, and 278 children whose sex could not yet be determined.

Compared to April 24, nine children were killed and 14 more were wounded.

Whereas the OHCHR casualty report used to be issued daily, and then only on weekdays, it has become a weekly report since July. This report, like the previous one, provides data by month.

According to them, the number of deaths in April was 169, compared with 181 in March, 141 in February, 198 in January, 206 in December and 186 in November.

March remains the deadliest month for civilians, according to the UN, with at least 4,094 deaths. In April, according to an OHCHR publication, the number of civilian deaths due to the war dropped to 798, in May to 534, in June to 426 and in July to 379. In the first five days of the war from February 24-28, 362 people died, in August 336, in September 393 and in October 305.

The number of wounded for April reached 496, compared with 592 in March, 458 in February, 539 in January, 617 in December, and 541 in November. In October, the number of wounded dropped to 795 from 981 in September, when it was up from 917 in August. Before that the number of wounded exceeded a thousand each month: July – 1130, June – 1105, May – 1138, April – 1890, March – 2987. In the first five days of the war last February 465 people were wounded.

According to the report, in April of this year, large-area explosive weapons killed 165 people and wounded another 456, while mines and explosive remnants of war killed four people and wounded four (7% of total casualties).

Government-controlled territories accounted for 84 percent of the casualties in April, according to the UN.

The summary traditionally states that the increase in numbers to the previous summary should not be attributed solely to cases after April 24, as the Office verified some cases from previous days during that period.

UN Environment Program will work in Ukraine for at least 4 years – Director

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen expects her team to be present in Ukraine for at least four years to help the Ukrainian government overcome the negative consequences of the war.
“So far, UNEP has not been present in Ukraine. But now we are. What we have done so far has been to support from afar, whereas now we will work closely with the Ministry of Environment to help them get the skills they need to deal with a catastrophic situation. From an environmental point of view,” Andersen said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to her, UNEP expects to “stay here for at least four years and be able to provide all the technical support the Ukrainian government needs to ensure a solid and sustainable recovery.
The director also said it is important that reconstruction and construction take place in a cleaner and greener way, because this can ensure that the pollution that existed before the war will be reduced and disappear afterwards.
“So there is a lot of work to be done. And this is an area that we will definitely support,” she said.
For now, Andersen said, the first priority is to train inspectors across the country to assess environmental damage.
“In October, we sent the first group of 25 people to Switzerland to be trained. And now the team is already coming here to continue the training,” UNEP said.
“Hundreds of inspectors are expected to work across the country.”
Andersen also stressed that before the full-scale invasion, Ukraine played an active role in Europe on environmental issues and signed most of the important environmental agreements.
“But that’s not a priority now, the priority is people and people’s health and well-being, of course,” Andersen added.
The full text of the interview with the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) will be published on the Interfax-Ukraine website.

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At least 8,231 Ukrainian civilians killed since February 24, 2022 – UN data

Civilian casualties from Feb. 24, 2022, after Russia launched its war against Ukraine, to March 12, 2023, totaled 2,965 civilians (March 5, 21,793), including 8,231 deaths (8,173), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Monday.

“OHCHR believes that the real number of civilian deaths or injuries is significantly higher, as many reports from places where such cases have occurred continue to require further confirmation, while information from some places where fighting is ongoing is delayed,” the UN data document noted.

This is the case, for example, in such locations as Mariupol (Donetsk region), Lysychansk, Popasna, and Severodonetsk (Luhansk region), where numerous civilian deaths or injuries have been reported.

According to confirmed UN figures, 3,664 men, 2,173 women, 260 boys and 203 girls were killed, while the gender of 31 children and 1,900 adults could not yet be determined.

Among the 1,734 wounded, 413 boys and 295 girls, as well as 271 children whose gender has not yet been determined.

Compared to March 5, two children were killed and 11 others were wounded.

Whereas previously the OHCHR’s update on the number of casualties was issued daily, and then only on weekdays, it has become weekly since July. This report, like the previous one, provides data by month.

According to them, the number of deaths in February dropped to 138 from 198 in January and 205 in December, but in the first 12 days of March it was 84.

March remains the deadliest month for civilians, according to the UN, with at least 3,968 deaths. In April, according to an OHCHR publication, the number of civilian deaths due to the war dropped to 761, in May to 510, in June to 422 and in July to 378. There were 358 deaths in the first five days of the war from Feb. 24-28, 332 in August, 387 in September, 305 in October and 184 in November.

The number of wounded in February – 451 – was also the lowest since the beginning of the war: in January there were 539, in December – 617, in November – 541, in the first five days of the war last February – 464, and in the 12 days of this March – 209. In October the number of wounded dropped to 795 from 976 in September, when it was higher than the August figure of 917. Prior to that, the number of wounded exceeded a thousand each month: July – 1126, June – 1104, May – 1136, April – 1887, March – 2972.

According to the report, since the beginning of March this year, 72 people have been killed by large-area explosive weapons and another 182 have been wounded, while mines and explosive remnants of war have killed 12 people and wounded 27 (13 percent of total casualties).

Government-controlled territories accounted for 83 percent of the casualties in March, according to the UN.

The summary traditionally states that the increase in numbers to the previous summary should not be attributed only to cases after March 5, as the Office verified a number of cases from previous days during that period.

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