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Ukraine loses over 600 troops in Donbas this year - defence minister

The recent escalation reveals the "true face" of Russia's policy on Donbas, Stepan Poltorak insists.

Ukraine loses over 600 troops in Donbas this year - defence minister
Photo: Ukrainian Defence Ministry website

"The situation in the east of Ukraine escalates. This year the enemy has already violated the cease-fire for about 7,000 times. The enemy uses the forbidden armament — artillery systems and MRLS,” Ukrainian Defence Minister, Army Gen Stepan Poltorak has said at a news conference at the NATO HQ.

"Russia delivers militants, armament, equipment, munitions, fuel through the Ukrainian eastern border," the Defence Ministry's press service quoted him as saying on its website.

"This year, 623 servicemen were wounded and killed in the east of Ukraine. This is the true face of the Russian policy concerning the peaceful resolving of the ongoing conflict in Donbas,” the minister said.