A senior U.N. human rights official says a total of 2-thousand 593 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine since the middle of April.
The number gets even closer to 3-thousand - if the victims of MH17, the plane which was shot down, are added.
Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister says allegations his country's military is fighting in eastern Ukraine are "conjecture".
NATO says that over 1,000 Russian troops are fighting with pro-Russian separatists.
Daniel McLaughlin, Irish Times Foreign Correspondent, says nobody in Ukraine is shocked by the news: