: Ukraine reports record number of Donbas casualties in last four weeks

13:09 Jun. 13, 2016

Ukraine reports record number of Donbas casualties in last four weeks

Ukrainian soldier in Luhansk region, May 30, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

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First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative to the humanitarian subgroup in Minsk Iryna Gerashchenko reports a serious deterioration of the situation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and points to a record high number of casualties at the front in the last four weeks, according to a UNIAN correspondent.

"We have now an absolutely tragic period for this year – a significant increase in attacks after the May holidays and in the number of violations of the ceasefire in the east," Gerashchenko said during a roundtable meeting in Kyiv on Monday.

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"We have an absolutely record number of the dead and wounded at the front over the past four weeks, including among civilians. And, obviously, security in Donbas, its significant deterioration is the key point, which does not allow speaking about the possibility of solving issues in the humanitarian and economic spheres... The security situation in the east is a priority," Gerashchenko said.

The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 40 times on Sunday evening alone, 39 attacks were recorded in Donetsk region and one in Luhansk region. 

Reporting by UNIAN.

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