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General Staff takes stock of fatalities in Donbas

Ninety-seven servicemen were killed in combat.

General Staff takes stock of fatalities in Donbas
Photo: Max Levin

The Ukrainian army has lost 97 servicemen who were killed in combat this year, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has told BBC Ukrainian.

Since the beginning of the year, 499 Ukrainian servicemen have been wounded in the Joint Forces Operation. Some 78 servicemen were injured.

"Other fatalities include 77 people," the General Staff said about non-combat losses.

Ukrainian servicemen were mostly killed by sniper fire, mortar and grenade launcher attacks, and as a result of tripping wires.

The Ukrainian army reported 110 fatalities in 2018 and 198 in 2017.

Since the beginning of the war in Donbas in 2014, the army has reported 2,608 irreversible losses, 1,087 other fatalities, 9,805 sanitary losses (wounded), and 2,251 people with other injuries.

These figures do not include the fatalities and casualties suffered by the Interior Ministry, the National Guard, the SBU, and volunteer units such as the Right Sector and the Ukrainian Volunteer Army.

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