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UN says confirmed civilian death toll at 351

A man walks past an apartment building hit by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A man walks past an apartment building hit by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

BERLIN — The UN human rights office says it has confirmed the deaths of 351 civilians in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

The Geneva-based office said that another 707 civilians were injured between February 24 and midnight Friday.

The rights office uses strict methodology and only reports casualties it has confirmed.

It says it believes the real figures are considerably higher, “especially in government-controlled territory and especially in recent days,” as the receipt of information from some places where there was intense fighting was delayed and many reports were still undergoing corroboration.

Ukrainian officials have presented far higher numbers, claiming over 2,000 civilians killed.

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