Slideshow: civilians caught in battle for eastern Ukraine struggle to survive

The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Team in Ukraine released a report Monday saying  6,500 hundred people have been killed in the conflict zone since mid-April, some 16,000 wound.  Despite the Minsk peace agreements signed more than three months ago, the report also says serious human rights violations are ongoing in the region including arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and accountability.  According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, his office has received reports of summary executions by both armed separatist groups and Ukrainian troops.

The conflict is taking a deep toll on the millions of civilians in the region. FSRN’s Filip Warwick traveled to both the small village of Sakhanka and to Donetsk to see how people caught in the cross-fire are faring. He brought back these photos, and you can find his audio report here.

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