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Ukrainian Conflict Death Toll Surpasses 3,700

The United Nations says the death toll from the armed conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has reached 3,707.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on October 17 that 25 more people died in the past week.

The OCHA said 9,075 people have been wounded in eastern Ukraine in the past six months of fighting.

The report says other organizations report a higher death toll.

It also says some 842,000 people in Ukraine have fled the fighting, with roughly half of them going to Russia and the rest displaced in Ukraine.

Fighting began in mid-April when Ukrainian military forces attacked separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions where they controlled administrative buildings.

A shaky cease-fire agreed to in early September has reduced the fighting.

Based on reporting by TASS and UN statement