Ukraine War, December 28, 2022: U.N. continues to publish grossly misleading death statistics in Ukraine, without explanation


1) U.N. Office of the High Commissioner, Human Rights, “Ukraine: civilian casualty update 26 December 2022,” December 27, 2022;

2) “Guerre en Ukraine en direct : plus de 6 800 civils tués depuis le début du conflit, selon l’ONU,” Le Monde, le 28 décembre 2022 (06:13);

3) “Ukraine War, July 16, 2022: Office of U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) consistently issues misleading numbers of civilian deaths in Ukraine: Why doesn’t someone stop them?,” The Trenchant Observer, July 16, 2022;

4) “Ukraine War, April 12, 2022 (I): The War’s decisive moment; more than 20,000 killed in Mariupol,” The Trenchant Observer, April 12, 2022.


D’après le dernier recensement du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme arrêté au 26 décembre, la guerre a tué au moins 6 884 civils en Ukraine depuis son commencement le 24 février. L’organisation dénombre également 10 947 blessées, mais elle estime que tous ces chiffres sont probablement très en deçà de la réalité.
–Le Monde

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