: Over 100 Russian servicemen killed in Donbas warzone since start of 2016

17:06 Apr. 8, 2016

Over 100 Russian servicemen killed in Donbas warzone since start of 2016

Servicemen of the Russian Eastern Military District's 5th combined arms army seen during exercises to fire 2S5 Giatsint-S 152 mm self-propelled guns at Sergeyevsky range. (Getty Images)

Russian casualties are marked as losses during military exercises

103 Russian soldiers have been killed and 98 heavily wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of 2016, according to Ukraine's intelligence chief Vadym Skibitskyi.

A decree approved in May of last year by Russian President Vladimir Putin states that any information about casualties among servicemen of the Russian army during peacetime is considered a state secret.

Skibitskyi says, the casualties among Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine are represented as accidents during military drills.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko previously declared that at least 6,000 Russian servicemen are currently stationed in the Donbas region.

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