Human toll and humanitarian crisis of the Russian-Ukrainian war: the first 162 days – Ukraine

Ubydul Haque, Amna Naeem, Shanshan Wang, Irina Holovanova, Taras Gutor, Dimitry Bazyka, Rebeca Galindo, Sadikshya Sharma, Igor P Kaidashev, Dmytro Chumachenko, Svyatoslav Linnikov, Esther Annan, Jailos Lubinda, Natalya Korol, Kostyantyn Bazyka, Liliia Zhyvotovska, Andriy Zimenkovsky, Uyen-Sa DT Nguyen


Background We looked at the human toll and humanitarian crisis following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022.

Method We extracted and analyzed data resulting from Russian military attacks on Ukrainians between February 24 and August 4, 2022. The data tracked direct deaths and injuries, damage to health infrastructure, and impact on health, destruction of residences, infrastructure, communication systems and public services. services – all of which have disrupted the lives of Ukrainians.

Results As of August 4, 2022, 5,552 civilians have been instantly killed and 8,513 injured in Ukraine as a result of Russian attacks. Local officials estimate that 24,328 people were also killed in mass atrocities, Mariupol being the largest example (n=22,000). Along with large swaths of destroyed homes, schools, roads and bridges, hospitals and health facilities in 21 cities across Ukraine were attacked. The disruption of water, gas, electricity and internet services has also spread to affect the supply of medicines and other supplies due to facilities being destroyed or production ceasing due to war. . The data also shows that Ukraine has seen an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and coronavirus (COVID-19).

conclusion The 2022 Russian-Ukrainian war not only caused death and injury, but also impacted the lives and safety of Ukrainians by destroying health facilities and disrupting the delivery of health care and supplies. War is a permanent humanitarian crisis given the continued destruction of infrastructure and services that directly impact the well-being of human lives. The devastation, trauma and human cost of war will impact generations of Ukrainians to come.

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