WASHINGTON (TND) — The rate of civilian deaths caused by the war in Ukraine lags behind murder rates in most major American cities, data from the United Nations Human Rights Office and an analysis of murder records shows.
Earlier this month, the United Nations updated its casualty numbers related to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which indicated a total of 5,401 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion.
With an entire resident population of 41,732,800, the war in Ukraine has experienced a per capita murder rate of 12.9 per every 100,000 residents, according to an analysis from The National Desk (TND).
This murder rate falls below rates in several American cities, such as Baltimore, Birmingham, Alabama, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Cleveland, Rochester, Kansas City, Milwaukee, the nation’s capital and even others, according to data posted to Twitter by Jeff Asher, the co-founder of AH Datalytics, a data consulting firm.
TND also found that the City of Chicago, which has seen a total of 403 homicide victims to date this year and has a population of roughly 2.7 million, holds a murder rate exceeding that of Ukraine’s as well.
AH Datalytics added in its analysis that, year-to-date, 36.3% of American cities have experienced murder rate increases.
Making the problem even worse for U.S. cities is the fact that homicide cases have been getting solved at record low rates the past few years.
Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show law enforcement agencies in the U.S. cleared just 54% of homicide cases in 2020, a record low since the agency began tracking those numbers. It was an almost eight-point decrease from the year prior, which itself was a record for the sharpest year-to-year drop.
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Some blame progressive prosecutors, frequently backed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, for the surge in crime across U.S. cities.
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According to the Capital Research Center, which tracks left-wing nonprofits, Soros-funded groups have helped elect liberal prosecutors in cities like Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago.
When considering crime volume, more than 40% of the approximately 22,500 homicides nationwide in 2021 occurred in areas overseen by these DAs, according to an analysis from the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.