Ukraine Death Toll Hits 5,000

More than 5,000 Ukrainians have been killed since the conflict engulfed the region last April, according to the United Nations. “The significant escalation in hostilities has taken the toll to 5,086 individuals and we fear the real figure may be considerably higher,” said UN spokesman Rupert Colville. This number reflects the 262 killed during the past nine days, which is considered “the most deadly period” since a ceasefire was declared in September between the Ukrainian government and Russian separatists.