U.N.: Nearly 1,000 Killed During ‘Cease-Fire’ in East Ukraine

U.N.: Nearly 1,000 Killed During ‘Cease-Fire’ in East Ukraine

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) — The United Nations released a report Thursday, detailing the “serious human rights violations” that have continued in eastern Ukraine despite a Sept. 5 cease-fire agreed to by all parties to the conflict.

According to statistics from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, 957 deaths have been recorded since the cease-fire was signed. At least 4,317 people have been killed in the conflict region since mid-April, and another 9,921 injured.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein lamented that “The list of victims keeps growing.”

Despite all parties signing the Minsk Protocol to de-escalate the crisis through the institution of an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of illegal armed groups, mercenaries and military equipment, NATO has reported a “military buildup, both along the borders towards Ukraine on the Russian side, but also we see Russian troops inside eastern Ukraine.”

Russia has repeatedly denied its military forces are inside Ukraine to help bolster pro-Russian separatists