16:40 Jun. 17, 2016
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.
"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.
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.
Reporting by UNIAN