Zurich (REUTERS) – According to a United Nations assistance organisation, at least 64 civilians have been murdered and more than 160,000 have fled since Russian soldiers entered Ukraine this week.
“As of 5 p.m. on February 26, (UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) OHCHR reports at least 240 civilian injuries, including at least 64 deaths,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated in a status update.
It went on to say that the true amounts were likely to be “considerably higher.”
Civilian infrastructure damage has left hundreds of thousands of people without power or water.
Hundreds of homes had been damaged or destroyed, and shelling had damaged or destroyed bridges and highways, cutting some villages off from markets, according to the report.
According to the UN refugee agency, more than 160,000 people have been internally displaced and more than 116,000 have been forced to migrate into neighbouring countries.
“Due to the deteriorating security situation, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have been obliged to cease activities,” OCHA stated.
“The United Nations and its partners maintain its presence across the nation and are committed to being on the ground and responding to escalating humanitarian needs and protection threats as the situation permits.”