A total of 2,593 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine since mid-April, a senior UN human rights official has said.
"The trend is clear and alarming. There is a significant increase in the death toll in the east," said Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights.
"The current number of killed is 2,593 - close to 3,000 if we include the 298 victims of the MH17 (Malaysian airliner) plane crash," he added.
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