: Pseudo Truce in Donbas: Defence minister reveals Ukraine's army losses in 2016

12:58 Jun. 16, 2016

Pseudo Truce in Donbas: Defence minister reveals Ukraine's army losses in 2016

An Ukrainian soldier holds a flower during the second anniversary of the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv, Ukraine on February 20, 2016 (Getty Images)

Hundreds troops killed and wounded since the year start

Ukraine's Defence Ministry has come up with another portion of distressing statistics concerning Ukrainian army losses in the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas.

According to Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, both casualties and fatalities have totaled 623 since the start of 2016.

"The war keeps claiming lives of Ukraine's best sons. Our combat losses – both fatalities and casualties - have reached 623 Ukrainian servicemen this year. This is the true face of Russian politics regarding the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas," Ministry's press service quoted Poltorak as saying at the NATO headquarters on Wednesday, June 15.

Read also Ukraine's army to fully reach NATO standards by 2020 - Defence Minister

Earlier this month the Defence Ministry reported that 2,491 Ukrainian servicemen died over the past two years of the war in eastern Ukraine. The non-combat death toll is also notably high adding up to 1,294 servicemen.


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