The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded 17,831 civilian casualties in Ukraine as of December 26, including 6,884 killed and 10,947 injured since the beginning of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

This was reported by OHCHR in a civilian casualty update published on December 27.

This included:

  • a total of 6,884 killed (2,719 men, 1,832 women, 175 girls, and 216 boys, as well as 38 children and 1,904 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • a total of 10,947 injured (2,364 men, 1,709 women, 229 girls, and 318 boys, as well as 253 children and 6,074 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
    • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 9,695 casualties (4,052 killed and 5,643 injured)
      • On Government-controlled territory: 7,579 casualties (3,569 killed and 4,010 injured)
      • On territory controlled by Russian armed forces and affiliated armed groups: 2,116 casualties (483 killed and 1,633 injured)
    • In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, and Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnytskyi, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Volyn, and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 8,136 casualties (2,832 killed and 5,304 injured)

Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects, including shelling from heavy artillery, multiple launch rocket systems, missiles and air strikes.

OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration. This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), Lysychansk, Popasna, and Sievierodonetsk (Luhansk region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties.