: Ukraine lost 35 military medics since conflict in Donbas started

16:40 Jun. 17, 2016

Ukraine lost 35 military medics since conflict in Donbas started

Volunteers give Ukrainian military medics new ambulance cars (UNIAN photo)

Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine takes a heavy toll 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reports that 35 military medics have been killed during the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, which began on April 7, 2014.

"Unfortunately, we've lost 35 military medics, who fulfilled their duty to the very end, saving the life of their sworn brothers," he said at the Main Military Clinical Hospital on the occasion of Medical Worker Day in Kyiv on Friday.

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"One of them, the physician of the 3rd Battalion of the 80th separate airmobile brigade, junior sergeant Ihor Zinych, was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine, unfortunately, posthumously," Poroshenko added.

Watch also Ukrainian Special Forces medics undergo intense first aid training

On January 29, Poroshenko announced that 2,269 Ukrainian soldiers, including 21 young men under the age of 18, had been killed since the beginning of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

On June 15 Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak said that both casualties and fatalities of the army have totaled 623 since the start of 2016.

Reporting by UNIAN

 

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