16:39 Jul. 30, 2016
Ukrainian military prosecutor Anatoly Matios talks on non-combat losses in army
Ukrainian army lost three soldiers due to non-combat factors in the past 24 hours, country's military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said in an interview with 112 channel on July 29, 2016.
"Nobody brings up the everyday non-combat losses in Ukrainian army. The reasons are social problems among the conscripts, alcohol, narcotics to a lesser degree, military hazing, negligence while using weapons and so on" Matios said.
The Prosecutor said, the number of losses Ukraine takes outside of combat estimates in "thousands".
He also complained about Ukraine's inefficiency to deal with crime rate among the servicemen.
"Military Prosecution needs to hire at least 50 detectives, that could investigate the incidents, because currently it's the tasks of the National police institution, which is being reformed. And the police don't have detectives in the conflict zone", Matios said.
In May, 2016 Mykhailo Koval, the First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said that Russia-backed militants killed 10,000 Ukrainians and injured more than 20,000 over the past two years.