The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented 2,510 civilian casualties (2,421 a day before) in the country, including 953 (925) killed (from February 24 when the Russia invaded Ukraine to 24:00 midnight on March 21, 2022 (local time).
"OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, especially in Government-controlled territory and especially in recent days, 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," the UN said in the document.
According to him, this applies, for example, to Izium (Kharkiv region), and Mariupol and Volnovakha (Donetsk region), Severodonetsk and Rubizhne (Luhansk region), Trostianets (Sumy region), where there are allegations of hundreds of civilian casualties. These figures are being further corroborated and are not included in the above statistics.
"Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes," the UN said in the report.
According to confirmed UN data, some 192 men, some 142 women, 26 boys and 12 girls killed, while the sex of 40 children and 541 adults has not yet been known.
Among the 1,557 injured, some 23 girls and 19 boys, as well as 63 children, whose sex is yet unknown.
Compared to the previous day, three children were killed, and six more children were wounded, according to the UN.
OHCHR said that in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as of midnight March 22, there were 216 (201) dead and 611 (571) injured in government-controlled territory, and 55 (55) dead and 196 (190) injured in territory controlled by self-proclaimed "republics."
In other regions of Ukraine under government control (Kyiv, as well as in Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Sumy, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy and Chernihiv regions), the UN recorded 682 (669) killed and 750 (735) wounded.
OHCHR also notes the report of the Head of the Investigative Department of the National Police of Kharkiv region, according to which as of 6 p.m. (local time) 21 March, 280 civilians had been killed in the region, including 15 children.
An increase in figures in this update compared with the previous update (as of 24:00 midnight on 20 March 2022 local time) should not be attributed to civilian casualties that occurred on 21 March only, as during the day OHCHR also corroborated casualties that occurred on previous days.