UPDATED: UNHCR says 10 million have fled Ukraine, At least 902 civilians killed in Ukraine since conflict began – U.N.

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ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – At least 902 civilians have been killed and 1,459 injured in Ukraine as of midnight local time on March 19, the U.N. human rights office (OHCHR) said on Sunday.

Most of the casualties were from explosive weapons such as shelling from heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes, OHCHR said.

The actual toll is thought to be considerably higher since OHCHR, which has a large monitoring team in the country, has not yet been able to receive or verify casualty reports from several badly hit cities including Mariupol, it said.

  • At least 10 million people in Ukraine have fled their homes due to the “devastating” war in the country and are either internally displaced or have become refugees abroad, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Twitter.
Local residents gather next to a damaged residential building after shelling by the Russian military, in Podilskyi district, in Kyiv, Ukraine,. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY
  •  Russian forces have bombed an art school in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where about 400 residents had taken shelter, the city council said on Sunday.

There was no immediate word of casualties from the Saturday attack, although the council said the building was destroyed and there were victims under the rubble.

Reuters could not independently verify the claim.

A Ukrainian MP claims an iron and steelworks in Mariupol – the Azovstal factory – has been destroyed in Russian shelling.

Lesia Vasylenko said: “One of the biggest metallurgic plants in Europe destroyed. The economic losses for Ukraine are huge. The environment is devastated.”

Ms Vasylenko shared a video with her message, in which thick plumes of black smoke are seen rising from the factory, on the outskirts of the besieged city.

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