Ukraine War: Number of Civilian Casualties, by year
YearNumber of civilian casualties
Jan 1-Feb 15, 2024241
20231,957
20228,384
202125
202026
201927
201855
2017117
2016112
2015954
Apr 14-Dec 31, 20142,084
  • Region: Ukraine
  • Time period: Apr 14, 2014 to Feb 15, 2024
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 7, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Spike in Civilian Deaths in 2022

The year 2022 saw a dramatic increase in civilian deaths, with a total of 8,384 reported. This number represents the highest annual death toll throughout the observed period, highlighting a significant escalation in the conflict's intensity compared to previous years.

Decrease in Civilian Deaths in 2023

Civilian deaths decreased to 1,957 in 2023, indicating a reduction in conflict intensity or effectiveness of measures to protect civilians. Despite this decrease, the figure remains significantly higher than the years preceding 2022.

Early 2024 Reports

The initial weeks of 2024 recorded 241 civilian deaths from Jan 1 to Feb 15. This pace suggests a potential decrease in civilian casualties compared to the full-year figures of 2023 if the trend continues.

Comparison with the Conflict's Early Years

The period from Apr 14-Dec 31, 2014, marked the early stages of the conflict with 2,084 civilian deaths, indicating a high initial death toll. This period set a precedent for the conflict's potential for high civilian casualties.

Steady Increase Leading to 2022 Peak

Observing the years 2015 to 2021, there was a general fluctuation in civilian deaths, with the lowest recorded in 2020 and 2021 (26 and 25, respectively) before the sharp increase in 2022.

Overall Death Toll

From the beginning of the conflict in April 2014 through to Feb 15, 2024, a total of 15,975 civilian deaths were recorded, underscoring the severe human cost of the ongoing conflict.

Yearly Trends in Civilian Deaths

Post- 2014, a significant year due to the conflict's outset, civilian deaths peaked again in 2015 with 954 deaths before a notable decline and subsequent increase leading up to 2022. These fluctuations reflect varying intensities and phases within the conflict.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the overall death toll from the beginning of the conflict in April 2014 through to Feb 15, 2024?

From the beginning of the conflict in April 2014 through to Feb 15, 2024, a total of 15,975 civilian deaths were recorded.

Terms and Definitions

The Ukraine War refers to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which began as a result of political and cultural tensions between Ukraine and Russia. This conflict was escalated further by Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and support of separatist movements in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine.

These refer to the death of individuals who are not actively participating in the warfare. Civilian deaths in the context of the Ukraine War, refers to individuals residing in Ukraine who were killed as a result of the ongoing conflict, but were not directly taking part in the battles or military actions.

A conflict refers to a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one. In this case, it refers to the political and military struggle between Ukraine and Russia, marked by periodic outbreaks of warfare and ongoing tension.

Casualties refer to those who have been killed, wounded, or otherwise harmed as a result of a conflict. Casualties can be military personnel and civilians. However, this data set specifically refers to civilian casualties.
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